All ICSF Publications

Here’s a catalogue of all publications and films ICSF produced from 1986 onwards, all of them available online. Over 35 years, these publications and films have carved out a niche. They inform the world of fisheries, providing perspectives on small-scale and artisanal fisheries.

A compilation of all ICSF publication from across areas of work.


The Invisible Informal Workforce: Women Fishworkers and their Right to Social Security (draft) by Aswathy Senan


This study intends to locate fishworkers within the International Labour Organization (ILO) framework of labour rights and social security which guarantees “income security and health protection, thereby contributing to the…

A review of governance and tenure in inland capture fisheries and aquaculture systems of India

This situation paper is a background document that summarizes the diversity, complexity, and relevance of tenure systems, rights, and the institutional management of inland fisheries in India. The paper is…

A Case for a Human Rights-based Approach to Indian Aquaculture Systems: A Literature Review by Neena Elizabeth Koshy


Aquaculture is the new sunrise sector with respect to ­fish production. Developing countries of Asia are the world leaders, with a large population dependent on the sector. Though a plethora…

Why is biodiversity important for small-scale fisheries: Video on a new Handbook by ICSF and Crocevia

Small-scale fisheries (SSF) operate in both marine and inland waters, accounting for over half of the total fish catch in developing countries. The bulk of this catch is destined for…

Handbook on Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) for small-scale fishing communities


This Handbook, developed by ICSF and Crocevia, describes the components of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and provides an overview of its programmes, targets and commitments on aquatic, marine…

ICSF’s Questionnaire: Migrant fishers and fishworkers during Covid-19, India – Responses from Andhra Pradesh


A total of 14 respondents from three major locations, Srikakulam, BCV Palem and Visakhapatnam responded to the survey. They spoke both for themselves and for their groups. They migrate to…

Covid response 2020: ICSF’s Newsletter on covid-19 emergency assistance to small-scale fishing communities in India


The World Health Organization (WHO) characterized COVID-19 a pandemic on 11 March, 2020. Two weeks later, a nationwide lockdown was announced in India, to ensure consistency in the application and…

Women’s economic empowerment in fisheries in the blue economy of the Indian Ocean Rim: A Baseline Report

This report provides a baseline analysis of women’s economic empowerment in the fisheries sector in the blue economy of the Indian Ocean rim region. The report focuses on the 22…

National Workshop: 2017 National Policy on Marine Fisheries, India and the SSF Guidelines, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, 19th to 21st July 2019


On July 2019, a National Workshop was organised to develop an implementation plan for India’s National Policy for Marine Fisheries (NPMF), 2017, to discuss the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable…

Improving Inland Fisheries Governance in India: In the Context of the Draft National Policy on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture, India, and the FAO SSF Guidelines, 6th – 7th September 2019, Kolkata, India


A national workshop was organised on 6th and 7th September 2019 in Kolkata to develop the implementation plan for India’s 2018 Draft National Policy on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture (NIFAP).…

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