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.


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

We, the women representatives of marine and inland fishworker 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…

Stakeholders Interventions on the zero draft of the second 2022 UN Ocean Conference Declaration

Share and implement the SSF Guidelines through concrete national policies  says Vivienne Solis during Stakeholders Interventions on the zero draft of the second 2022 UN Ocean Conference Declaration stakeholder engagement.…

Statement brought out by ICSF on Small-Scale Aquaculture during the Technical Meeting on the Future of Work in Aquaculture in the Context of the Rural Economy, ILO Geneva, Switzerland (hybrid), 13-17 December 2021


Technical Meeting on the Future of Work in Aquaculture in the Context of the Rural Economy, ILO Geneva, Switzerland (hybrid), 13-17 December 2021

Intervention on Item 4-Cluster 4: Potential elements and scope of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework – Joint Statement by ICSF, Masifundise and KNTI


First Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, Nairobi, Kenya, 27-30 August 2019

ICSF’s Statement on Supporting Small-scale Fisheries: Agenda Item 8, COFI 34


Committee on Fisheries, Thirty-fourth Session, 1-5 February 2021, Rome, Italy

ICSF’s Statement on Building Resilience of Small-scale Fisheries to Ensure Food Security and Nutrition in the Pacific: Agenda Item 18, APRC 35


Thirty-fifth Session of the FAO Regional Conference for Asia and the Pacific, 1-4 September 2020 (Virtual Mode)

ICSF statement at 36th session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission, (Virtual), Thailand, 5-7 May 2021

Thirty-Sixth Session of the Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission (Virtual) Thailand 5-7 May 2021

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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

NFF statement at the National Tripartite workshop


National Tripartite Workshop on Work in Fishing Convention No.188 Organised by Government of India and ILO

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