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Issue No:82
  • :0973–1121
  • :February
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.82, February 2020


Fisheries / Sustainability

Leaving None Behind

Artisanal fishers’ experiential knowledge contains qualities that can help the world face some of its most difficult problems including climate change. We need to value their wisdom

This article is by John Kurien (, Visiting Professor, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India and Honorary Fellow, WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia and based on his keynote address at FAO International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability, 18-21 November, 2019, Rome, Italy

One: Fisheries sustainability and small-scale fisheries: new perspectives for valorizing artisanal fishers

Most maritime countries have neglected and shunned their small-scale fisheries since the mid-1950s. This was done in the name of fisheries development, to make the transition to a modernized large-scale fishing industry. Despite this historical neglect and lack of support small-scale fisheries continue to exist and even thrive in most countries around the world even today, seven decades later. Small-scale fisheries are still “too big to ignore”. Their enormous resilience and continued relevance are supported today by a considerable body of research studies worldwide.

International agencies including—importantly—FAO have recently made...

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