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ICSF celebrates World Oceans Day June 10,2021   |  Source: ICSF |  Alert Type(s): Samudra Exclusive

World Oceans Day is an annual celebration held on 8 June, officially declared by the United Nations in 2008. Many countries have been celebrating this day since 1992, following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which took place in Rio de Janeiro. World Oceans Day draws attention to the important role the oceans play in our lives and the environment.

This year, focusing on the theme ‘Life and Livelihoods’, ICSF collaborated with small- scale fishers and fishworkers around the world to produce several video interviews. These videos highlight their experiences, what they love about their work, the challenges they face, and how their communities have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Trat Province, Thailand, we heard from Mayuree Thammachat about how her community turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to sell home-cooked seafood. Sak Sawasdee told us about the changes he has witnessed in fish stock levels in the area and how the pandemic caused fish prices to drop due to lack of demand from the tourism sector. Wanna Sawasdee explained the many responsibilities women have to ensure fishing activities can be carried out each day and the household runs smoothly.

In Accra, Ghana, Sandra Osabutey told us about about her love for


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