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ICSF Guidebook: Understanding the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007

This uniquely designed, illustrated and explanatory guidebook explains the Work in Fishing Convention, 2007, adopted in Geneva, in June 2007 at the 96th International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO). Available in three languagesEnglish, French and Spanishit is meant to aid fishworkers and their organizations understand the possible benefits and implications of the Convention for artisanal and small-scale fisheries in developing countries.

The Guidebook can be downloaded for free at (English), (French) and (Spanish).

WIF Bibliography

The contribution of women to fisheries, fishing communities and society, is significant, and needs to be widely recognized and valorized. It is in this context that ICSF has launched an online annotated bibliography, which is searchable by theme, region, keyword, author and title, and can be accessed at

Specifically developed for use by those interested in, or working on, women’s issues in fisheries, the bibliography features articles, reports and other documents. These have been classified under eight themes: (1) Role of Women in Fisheries; (2) Role of Women in Aquaculture; (3) Status of Women; (4) Recognition and Policy; (5) Development Initiatives; (6) Globalization; (7) Struggles and Movements; and (8) Women and Resources Management.

The bibliography can be downloaded in its entirety, or as selected documents. It is also possible to add reviews and comments about the usefulness of each document, by sending feedback through the website.

MPAs Website

Marine protected areas (MPAs) can be a useful tool within a wider fisheries and coastal management framework. For MPAs to yield positive outcomes, both for biodiversity conservation and livelihoods, implementation efforts need to take into account, and strengthen, the traditional rights of communities to access and use resources in sustainable ways, recognize and support local systems of governance, factor in traditional knowledge systems, and ensure that communities benefit in tangible ways. This website, which attempts to explore these issues, can be accessed at

Rights Case Studies: Cambodia and the Philippines

These form part of the series of case studies prepared for the Workshop and Symposium on “Asserting Rights, Defining Responsibilities: Perspectives from Small-scale Fishing Communities on Coastal and Fisheries Management in Asia, held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3-8 May 2007.


Yemaya, ICSF’s newsletter on gender and fisheries, has been redesigned to give it a fresher and more contemporary look. Yemaya No. 27, March 2008, is now available for free download at