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SAMUDRA Report

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In several Asian languages, ‘SAMUDRA’ means the ocean. The SAMUDRA Report is published thrice each year by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). It disseminates information on important developments in fisheries. From providing perspective to creating a greater awareness on issues that concern the small-scale fisheries sector, it gives a special focus to communities and livelihoods.

All issues of SAMUDRA Report are available on the ICSF website in English, French and Spanish. Its articles are also available in other academic repositories.

Its first issue was published in April 1988 in English and French. As of March 2022, 87 issues have been published in English and 83 each in French and Spanish.

The journal has carved its niche. It is both as a source of information and perspective on small-scale and artisanal fisheries and coastal communities and a forum for the exchange of views on related matters.

In its attempt to fulfil a need for focused and in-depth content, SAMUDRA Report has carried debates on a range of subjects related to fisheries: management and policies, labour, trade, gender, aquaculture, coastal and marine biodiversity, ecolabelling, marine protected areas (MPAs), intensive aquaculture for shrimp, coastal area management, the relationship between fishworker organisations and environmental organisations, rights.

The Ecologist called SAMUDRA Report “probably the only international voice for small-scale fishing communities worldwide” in its issue of March/April-May/June 1995.

The reports have been mapped according to themes in sites such as the community-based resource management site India Environment Portal. In online searches, a number of websites, documentation centres, libraries and journals/newsletters refer to it or cite material published in it.

The 50th issue of the SAMUDRA Report was published just before the 2008 FAO Global Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries (4SSF) in Bangkok. Fishworkers, their leaders and supporters and multilateral agencies were asked for their feedback on the SAMUDRA Report.

One reader described it as “a voice of NGOs and fisher organisations for an international audience; it gives good reports of local fisheries problems, local situations and issues with an international perspective.”

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