ICSF Statements

A repository of statements at all ICSF conferences and workshops, beginning 1984. ICSF actively participates in various multilateral conferences—ILO, CBD, FAO, UN-DOALOS among others—issuing statements on important topics. You will also find statements made by civil society organizations and fishworker organizations in several forums.

Women engage in a wide range of activities in fisheries, including paid and unpaid work and liaison with institutions. In several countries, women dominate inland fishing and aquaculture. Their play multiple roles – in seafood processing plants, as caregivers in the family, as the builders of social networks and community.

Gender issues focus not on women only but on their relationship with men, on their roles, rights and responsibilities. They acknowledge that these vary within and between cultures as well as by class, race, ethnicity, age and marital status.

The 2014 SSF Guidelines are based on the principle of gender equality and equity. They integrate gender issues into all small-scale fisheries development strategies.


Africa Workshop IYAFA: Celebrating Sustainable and Equitable Small-scale Fisheries, 15–18 February 2023 – Accra, Ghana


Africa Workshop IYAFA: Celebrating Sustainable and Equitable Small-scale Fisheries 15–18 February 2023 – Accra, Ghana WORKSHOP STATEMENT We, the 51 representatives of small-scale fishworker associations, cooperatives, trade unions, community-based associations,...

Latin America and the Caribbean Workshop IYAFA 2022: Celebrating Sustainable and Equitable Artisanal Fisheries 2-5 November 2022, Brazil


International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) National Commission for the Strengthening of Extractive Reserves, Traditional Coastal and Marine Extractive Peoples and Communities (CONFREM) Linha Dágua Institute (LDA) Latin America...

Déclaration de Felicito Núñez, au nom de l’ICSF et des signataires de l’Appel à l’action sur le point n°10 “Intégrer la biodiversité dans la pêche et l’aquaculture


Je m’appelle Felicito Núñez, et je vais m’exprimer au nom du Collectif international de soutien aux travailleurs de la pêche (ICSF) et des signataires de l’Appel à l’action de la...

Comité de Pesca: trigésimo quinto período de sesiones Punto 6 del orden del día: Apoyo a la pesca artesanal y en pequeña escala – Declaración by Colectivo Internacional de Apoyo a la Pesca Artesanal (CIAPA)


Observamos que la pesca en pequeña escala (PPE) ocupa un lugar destacado en el Área Prioritaria que la FAO dedica a su Programa de Transformación Azul. De acuerdo con los...

Thirty-fifth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) on Agenda Item 6: Supporting Small-scale and Artisanal Fisheries Statement by ICSF


We notice that small-scale fisheries (SSF) have an important role in FAO’s Blue Transformation Programme Priority Area. Based on the FAO tool box, its guidance document on applying a human...

Thirty-fifth Session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) on Agenda Item 5: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Statement by ICSF


We agree with the observation that the WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies with the current focus on overfished stocks and IUU fishing will have a global positive impact on the...

Statement from the National Workshop: SSF Guidelines and Women in Fisheries, India, 8-10 April 2022


We, the women representatives of marine and inland fishworkers’ organizations (associations, cooperatives, trade unions, and self-help groups) and fishing communities from West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala; and...

ICSF IYAFA 2022: Asia workshop statement: Celebrating Sustainable and Equitable Small-scale Fisheries, 5- 8 May, 2022, Bangkok, Thailand


Asia Workshop: IYAFA 2022-Celebrating Sustainable and Equitable Small-scale Fisheries,      5 to 8 May 2022, Bangkok, Thailand We, the representatives of small-scale fishworker associations, cooperatives, trade unions, community-based organizations,...

ICSF’s Statement at SBSTTA 24: Agenda Item 6: Marine and Coastal Biodiversity


ICSF welcomes the Chair’s draft recommendation to the Conference of Parties (CBD/SBSTTA/24/CRP.2). Recognizing the importance of marine and coastal biodiversity in the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be critical to...

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Improving Fishers’ Access to Fisheries Scientific Information is Critical to Achieving Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Canoe and Fishing Gear Owners Association of Ghana (CaFGOAG)            June 5, 2023 International Day for the Fight Against IUU Fishing Press Release Improving Fishers’ Access to Fisheries Scientific Information...

ASEAN Declaration on the Placement and Protection of Migrant Fishers

WE, the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on the occasion of the 42nd ASEAN Summit chaired by the Republic of Indonesia; GUIDED BY the ASEAN...

Financing the 30×30 agenda for the Oceans: Debt for Nature swaps should be rejected

1.     At the UN Biodiversity Conference, or COP-15, the post-2020 framework will likely endorse the target of declaring 30% of the world’s land and oceans as protected areas by 2030....

“Fishing For Life” SACSFA 2022 Statement

SLFSSF’s statement at “FISHING FOR LIFE” South and South-East Asian Conference on Small Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture (SACSFA), 19-20 September 2022 We, the representatives of Sri Lanka Forum for Small...

Carbon trading and geoenginering not the solution to the climate catastrophe Statement of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)

We, the World Forum of Fisher Peoples representing over 10 million small-scale fisher people including Indigenous People from coastal and inland regions in fifty-four countries from all continents, reiterate we...

IPC statement in response to COFI agenda item 12: Decisions and recommendations of the Eleventh Session of the COFI Sub-Committee on Aquaculture


Dear COFI Members and observers, The rapid expansion of industrial aquaculture in inland and coastal areas has contributed to the violation and denial of the human rights of small-scale fishing...

Statement of the BOBP-IGO on 35th COFI Agenda Item 7: Combatting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing (COFI/2022/5)


The Bay of Bengal Programme Inter-Governmental Organisation (BOBP-IGO) join the global community to share our concern in combatting the IUU fishing. We appreciate the work carried out by the FAO...

35th COFI General Statement by IPC Fisheries Group


We, the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), La Via Campesina (LVC), as members...

Joint statement – European and African decision-makers should join forces to support sustainable artisanal fisheries in Africa


The year 2022 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. In Africa, artisanal fisheries employ more than ten million men and...

CSO Opening Statement of SSF Guidelines

31st Session of Committee on Fisheries

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