Fisheries policy, governance & management

Fisheries policy, governance & management

How can you build a strong governance and management system for your fishery and community? Fisheries governance systems, formal or informal, help make and enforce rules about our fisheries. Co-management and participatory decision-making help ensure that fisheries management benefits local communities. Start here to learn about secure tenure and co-management and explore other resources in the sub-categories below.

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Discussions

This summer, new research titled “Advancing social equity in and through marine conservation” published in Frontiers in Marine Science explored how to operationalize social equity in and through the pursuit of marine conservation, and called for steps for improving social equity in ocean conservation efforts.

Please join on 21 October at 11am EST for a discussion with four of the 21 co-authors, Nathan Bennett, Laure Katz, Ana Spalding, and Angelo Villagomez, around this work and its implications for our ocean conservation community’s work ahead. 

To join the event, please register here.

Please join the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions on October 14 for the first in a series of conversations about revisions to the Guidelines for Supporting Fishery Improvement Projects. During the first call we will discuss edits related to human and labor rights and social responsibility. Your participation and insight are vital to the success of the project.

Register today for either session; the first will be in English and Spanish, and the second session will be in Bahasa Indonesia and English. If you are unable to join either call, the recording will be made available after the call and you will be able to provide feedback through a survey we’ll share after the event.

October 14, 2021

First Session at 6 AM - 7:30 AM PDT in English and Spanish

Register for the first session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMud-uprjktH9Aa_c_wt0N0YSjyxWi8_4Kg

Second Session at 6 PM - 7:30 PM PDT in English and Bahasa

Register for the second session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqfu-vrj0iHdQq1jBVEfzhCXovo7IfK-lU

Under the theme ‘Getting IT Right,’ the congress will facilitate dialogue about and across different dimensions of change and transition, imagined as many ITs needed to achieve and maintain sustainable fisheries, coastal communities, and ocean activities. The congress aims to discuss bold prospects and innovative ideas and strategies needed to address pressing issues for North America’s small-scale fisheries, and fisheries and ocean sustainability, set within the context of a changing ocean, the Covid-19 pandemic, and climate change, among other challenges.

 

The congress is closely tied with the Ocean Frontier Institute's Module I on 'Informing Governance Responses in a Changing Ocean', building on its research that examines the consequences of social, ecological, economic and institutional changes for the future of fisheries, coastal communities and the economy of Atlantic Canada. The congress offers a unique opportunity to formulate informed, integrative, and proactive policies and research agendas for North America that support and promote sustainable fisheries and oceans.

The congress will be organized around six main topics:

  • Getting ADAPTATION Right
  • Getting AQUACULTURE Right
  • Getting BLUE ECONOMY Right
  • Getting THE FUTURE Right
  • Getting GOVERNANCE Right
  • Getting SMALL Right

Contributions are invited from fishers and fishing communities, industry, government, civil society, and academia, interested in fisheries and ocean sustainability in the North America region. Within and across the six themes, we welcome participants who are keen to share their experiences and lessons learned, who want to talk about what is already being done right and/or have ideas about prospects for what can be done better moving forward. Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until November 15, 2021.

The 4WSFC North America is co-hosted by Memorial University and OFI Module I, in partnership with TBTI Global and other key organizations.

Learn more here

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Resumen día 2. Objetivos día 3 y presentación de ponentes.

Valerie Miller, Directora, Programa de Océanos en Cuba de EDF

10:15 – 10:30

Caso de estudio de variables climáticas y langosta en Cuba.

Romina Alzugaray, Investigadora, Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cuba (CIP)

10:30 – 10:45

Ordenación pesquera adaptable en Puerto Rico.

Graciela Garcia-Moliner. NOAA Affiliate

10:45 – 11:00

Procesos participativos en comunidades pesqueras en Puerto Rico.

Nicolás Gómez Andújar. Oregon University

11:15 – 11:30

Manejo adaptativo de pesquerías multi específicas en Belice

Nicanor Requena. Consultor, Programa de Océanos en Belice de EDF

11:30 – 11:45

Acuicultura como estrategia de adaptación al cambio climático

Dra Loretta Roberson. Investigadora Universidad de Puerto Rico

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

 

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Resumen día 1. Objetivos día 2 y presentación de ponentes.

José Gerhartz, Especialista en conservación. Secretaría del CBC

10:15 – 10:45

Escenarios de cambio climático en la región del Caribe.

Abel Centella. Director, Centro del Clima del Instituto de Meteorología de Cuba (INSMET)

10:45 – 11:00

Avances en materia de gobernanza y manejo pesquero en la República Dominicana.

Jeannette Mateo. Representante de la FAO en la República Dominicana.

11:00 – 11:15

Áreas naturales protegidas en Cuba y programas basados en la adaptación basada en ecosistemas como parte de la estrategia para hacer frente al cambio climático.

Omar Cantillo Ferreiro. Director, Centro Nacional de Áreas Protegidas de Cuba (CNAP).

11:15 – 11:30

Principios para apoyar pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático del programa de océanos de EDF.

Erica Cunningham. Directora, Océanos Corriente Humboldt y Sudamérica de EDF.

11:30 – 11:45

Análisis de vulnerabilidad climática en la región del Caribe.

Rafael Ortiz. Director Senior de Océanos y Pesquerías de EDF-México.

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

El Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC), Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) y la Oficina Regional para América Latina y el Caribe del Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Medio Ambiente (UNEP) tienen el gusto de invitarles a participar en el Seminario Virtual: “Pesquerías resilientes al cambio climático en el Caribe – con un enfoque en Cuba, la República Dominicana y Puerto Rico” que se realizará en 3 sesiones a lo largo de tres semanas los días 28 de septiembre, 5 y 12 de octubre, entre 10:00am - 12:30pm ET (Hora de Florida). Cada sesión contará con una serie de presentaciones internacionales seguida por una discusión en vivo con los presentadores.

 

El evento se desarrollará en español con un enfoque en la región Caribe, priorizando casos de estudios de Cuba, Puerto Rico y República Dominicana. Los ponentes incluyen representantes de la FAO e instituciones con presencia nacional o regional de los tres países de enfoque, otras ONG, universidades y centros de investigación.

Agenda tentativa

10:00 – 10:15

Bienvenida. Descripción del seminario, objetivos y expectativas. Presentación de los ponentes.

Eduardo Boné. Senior Manager, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).

10:15 – 10:30

Pasos propuestos por la FAO para la adaptación resiliente al cambio climático.

Manuel Barange, Director División de Recursos y Políticas de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Agricultura y la Alimentación (FAO) (adaptado por simposio agosto 2021)

10:30 – 10:45

Presentación por confirmar

Presentación por confirmar

10:45 – 11:00

Experiencia del Corredor Biológico en el Caribe como sistema coordinado de gobernanza ambiental subregional y plataforma de cooperación sur-sur

José Gerhartz. Especialista senior en conservación, Corredor Biológico en el Caribe (CBC)

11:00 – 11:15

La nueva ley de pesca en Cuba, un instrumento para enfrentar el cambio climático y promover la resiliencia costera a partir del manejo adaptativo.

Raidel Borroto. Director, Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras de Cuba (CIP)

11:15 – 11:30

Situación actual de los recursos pesqueros en la República Dominicana.

Raúl González Pantaleón. Encargado del Departamento de Educación, Capacitación, Extensión Pesquera y Acuícola. Consejo Dominicano de Pesca y Acuicultura de la República Dominicana (CODOPESCA)

11:30 – 11:45

Ordenación pesquera, cambio climático y resiliencia costera en Puerto Rico.

Raimundo Espinoza. Director. Conservación ConCiencia - Puerto Rico.

El evento será transmitido de forma simultánea a través de Facebook y Youtube

 

How can acoustics and other emerging technologies improve the management of highly valuable tuna fisheries off the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines?

Join us for a 2-hr webinar to learn about this exciting new technology from researchers Dr. Joe Warren of Stonybrook and Dr Aaron Rice of Cornell University. We’ll also be joined by Joann Binondo, Sustainable Tuna Project Manager of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, to discuss her experience in pursuing a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process, and how these (and other) technologies could support ongoing efforts to certify sustainable tuna fisheries

 

Register here

 

 

Meet the panel

Zo Andriamahenina, Blue Ventures, Madagascar

Rahma Kivugao, Mikoko Pamoja, Kenya

Laura Michie, Mangrove Action Project, UK

The panel discussion will be chaired by Cicelin Rakotomahazo, Blue Forests Coordinator, Blue Ventures, Madagascar

Format

This event will consist of two parts: a forty five minute facilitated conversation with live questions to the panel in English, followed by a forty-five minute break out discussion in English, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

Session objectives

Based on the case studies presented by the panel and the experiences of participants, the event aims to:

  • Share learning and challenges from locally led mangrove management
  • This companion event to the inaugural Toko telo conversation in 2020 focuses on learning about community-led mangrove management to improve practice and help to increase the uptake of this approach 
  • Begin drawing up a set of best practice principles for community-led mangrove management to benefit people and nature

Register here

The World Fisheries Congress is being held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.

 

‘SHARING OUR OCEANS AND RIVERS – A VISION FOR THE WORLD’S FISHERIES’

Held every four years, the 8th World Fisheries Congress will be the largest gathering of research, industry and management sectors to discuss the latest advances in fisheries world-wide. The World Fisheries Congress is the key international fisheries conference.

Aiming to foster cooperation and engagement in commercial, recreational and indigenous fisheries.

Providing insightful presentations and inspiring forums on key developments needed to ensure the future sustainable development of the world’s oceans, lakes, estuaries and rivers.

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 will be held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021.

The Congress will be a virtual event allowing delegates to participate online, so the Congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community.

World Fisheries Congress is an event not to be missed.

 

Register Here

 

The regionally-focused World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific agenda will provide the platform for nuanced conversation and tailored discussion to catalyse the blue economy in the Asia-Pacific. 

The summit will convene 100 speakers and 1000 participants virtually over five days. Dedicated tracks on shipping, marine renewable energy, plastics, aquaculture and fishing will provide insight focused on the Asia-Pacific. Plenary sessions will centre on pressing concerns for the ocean and cities, and seek solutions for climate change mitigation and the dangerous decline of biodiversity in the region. 

A full track dedicated to finance will bring together executives from across the investment community.  Speakers will share experience of innovative blue-finance mechanisms to maximise the direction of mainstream finance towards the sustainable blue economy. 

Our aim is to identify how innovation and collaboration within the region are affecting change and seek to reframe the Asia-Pacific’s relationship with the ocean, generating momentum to map the steps to increased economic prosperity and ocean restoration.

Register Here

 

Resources

Responsible Shark and Ray Tourism: A Guide to Best Practice

This is the first Guide to provide practical, science-based information for shark and ray tourism operators who want to offer the best possible experience to their customers, while conserving species and habitats and making a positive contribution to local communities. It provides guidance, and tools that can be tailored to local circumstances, enabling operators to improve the educational quality, safety, and sustainability of their businesses. It also gives practical information, based on the best available scientific data, to management authorities and others engaging with the industry.

A Practical Guide to the Effective Design and Management of MPAs for Sharks and Rays

This Guide has been produced to provide practical, science-based advice on how to maximize the effectiveness of both new and existing shark and ray MPAs, to ensure these animals are protected now and far into the future.

Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first Rapid Assessment Toolkit focused on sharks and rays. The Toolkit consists of practical and simple step-by-step guidelines for collecting basic information using six complimentary tools.

Linkages between the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication and the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition

This brief is part of a series that brings attention to the mutually reinforcing nature of four global normative instruments developed through the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and the SSF Guidelines. Their synergistic implementation can make a difference in enabling small-scale fisheries actors to contribute to sustainable food systems by providing highly nutritious food for local communities, and it can make a difference for consumers in national, regional and international markets.

The Tun Mustapha Compliance Plan

The Tun Mustapha Marine Park (TMP) is home to mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs all of which serve as a critical breeding ground for resident marine species, as well as migratory species such as whale sharks. In this report, we analyze the legal framework, competencies and jurisdictions of all marine enforcement agencies in order to design an enforcement system for the TMP project that is practical, affordable and feasible to implement over a four-year timeframe.

Cuba - Gardens of the Queen Enforcement Plan

The main objective of this assessment is to design a cost effective control and vigilance system for the Gardens of the Queen marine protected area (MPA).

The Ecuador Blueprint - A plan to strengthen coastal marine protected areas

In this report, we analyze the legal framework, competencies and jurisdictions of all marine enforcement agencies in order to design a cost effective national surveillance system for Ecuador’s MPAs.

Barbuda Blue Halo Enforecement Blueprint

The Barbuda Blue Halo Initiative (BBHI) aims to develop sustainable ocean policy and local management capacity for the enforcement of fishery regulations within the Codrington Lagoon National Park (CLNP) and throughout Barbuda’s near shore jurisdictional waters (3NM). The BBHI represents a collaborative effort among the Barbuda Council, the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, and the Waitt Institute.

FishCounts: increasing the visibility of small-scale fisheries in Cambodia's national planning

This report explores the current state of Cambodia’s fisheries and the data that would be needed to develop such a set of accounts. It considers the country’s existing statistical information and monitoring efforts, and where the gaps, inconsistencies and overlaps lie. It proposes a phased approach to build on what already exists to create greater visibility for the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the national economy and their role in developing sustainable fishing and aquaculture in the face of growing demands and climate change.

No hidden catch - Mainstreaming values of small-scale fisheries in national accounts

It is notoriously difficult to obtain data for fisheries, especially for the more elusive small-scale sector, which tends to operate under the radar. These guidelines aim to assist national statistics officers and others improve the way they account for small-scale fisheries (SSF).

Myanmar's artisanal hilsa fisheries. How much are they really worth?

This study estimates the economic value of artisanal hilsa fisheries in Myanmar, using artisanal income data to estimate use value and a benefit transfer to estimate non-use value.

Socioeconomic characteristics of hilsa fishers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

The Darwin-Hilsa project is developing an incentive-based system of hilsa fisheries management in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to assess the socioeconomic status of local fishing households.

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