Science, knowledge & information gathering

Science, knowledge & information gathering

What information exists about your fishery and how can you ensure your fishery thrives now and in the future? Local knowledge, science and data collection are needed to make management decisions to support  the responsible, sustainable, and long-term use of fishery resources. Start here to learn about participatory data collection and the introduction to fisheries management and explore the sub-categories below.

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Discussions

We would be delighted to welcome your participation in Blue Ventures’ Toko telo event, an interactive online conversation entitled ‘Fairer finance for small-scale fisheries: Supporting sustainable fisheries management through improved earnings’ on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 13:30 - 15:00 London /15:30 - 17:00 Antananarivo & Nairobi / 19:30 - 21:00 Jakarta/ 8:30 - 10:00 EST

Access to finance and equitable distribution of benefits within seafood value chains has been one key challenge for community-led fisheries management. This second event in the Blue Ventures series of Toko Telo online conversations will explore potential successes and challenges of community-led fisheries management and conservation projects that seek to improve fisher earnings.

The session aims to:

1. Explore financing fisheries management through:

- Value-add processes
- Fishery Improvement Projects
- Microlending or other tools

2. Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing examples from fisheries and agriculture that could be relevant for practitioners

3. Discuss tools that exist or could be developed to progress work in this area

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

Panel members

Wilderness Markets
Future of Fish
Blue Ventures

The panel discussion will be chaired by Christopher Giordano, Technical Advisor - Fisheries Value Chains & Markets, Blue Ventures.

Please register for the event by visiting https://blueventures.org/tokotelo

For any questions please contact digital@blueventures.org.

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

 

 

Una serie de reuniones virtuales para compartir soluciones tecnológicas e ideas sobre su aplicación para enfrentar los desafíos en las pesquerías de América Latina.

Para esta última sesión de la serie, el tema será la culminación de ideas clave de los dos primeros eventos.

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This fall the SSF Hub will host web-based events that will enable small-scale fishers and fish workers around the globe to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the lives and livelihoods of people in their communities.

This two-part series will highlight the voices of fishers: Part I will focus on their experiences and responses to the pandemic and Part II will focus on how fishers and their intermediaries (or other value chain actors) have innovated to overcome the COVID crisis. These virtual events will replicate some of the features of an in-person fisher exchange and provide a space for fishers and fish workers to share their stories about the challenges brought on by COVID and how they have overcome them. The objective is to engage in a conversation where fishers can inspire each other and commiserate, too — to get through the tough times together and to share potential solutions that could speed the recovery.

In addition to Part I & Part II, the SSF Hub will be accepting and posting videos from the greater SSF Hub community on its Youtube channel. This will allow more small-scale fisheries actors to share their experiences with COVID and continue the dialogue following the event. 

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Session II: Tuesday, November 16th, 2021 at 9:00 AM EST / 2:00 PM UTC

Session II will focus on how fishers, intermediaries and their partners innovated (or are innovating) to overcome the COVID crisis and support fishing communities throughout the pandemic and the ways in which fishers or fish workers have needed to adapt how they market and sell their catch due to the situation.

 

Join the webinar here: 

https://edf.zoom.us/j/83739473274

 

If you are interested in sharing your story or participating in Session II, please read the COVID Video Submission Guidelines for more information. 

 

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Session I: September 15, 2021

Session I was held in September and focused on stories from communities told by fishers, specifically about their experiences and how they have responded to the pandemic. During this webinar, fishers and fisher organizations shared challenges they encountered and advice that they have for others that may still be grappling with the hardships brought on by COVID.

Watch the recording here

Watch speaker videos here

Una serie de reuniones virtuales para compartir soluciones tecnológicas e ideas sobre su aplicación para enfrentar los desafíos en las pesquerías de América Latina.

Forma parte de los Diálogos de Tecnología para Pesquerías en América Latina, en esta segunda sesión conoce desafíos y áreas de oportunidad en la implementación de herramientas digitales para las actividades de la pesca. 

Conoce experiencias sobre implementación de tecnología digital para la pesca desde la perspectiva de la comunidad pesquera

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We invite you to be part of the Technology Dialogues for Fisheries in Latin America. In our second session, we are talking about the challenges and areas of opportunity in the implementation of digital tools for fishing activities. 

Learn about experiences of digital technology implementation in fishing communities from the perspective of its final users. Join the Tech Dialogues for Fisheries in Latin America.

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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 IUCN Congress will be held in Marseille from 3 to 11 September 2021.

Taking into account the current health situation, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has decided to organise a “hybrid” IUCN World Conservation Congress, thus allowing people not able to physically attend the event to follow and participate in some parts of the Congress remotely.

The French government reaffirms that it is very pleased to host this IUCN Congress on its territory, while doing its utmost to ensure that this is done under the conditions desired by IUCN and in accordance with the health protocols in force at the time of the event. 

 

Information on Congress preparations
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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.

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 contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems

Infographic on the contribution of small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to food systems.

Nearshore artisanal fisheries enforcement guide

WildAid in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy developed this guide to assist managers in designing a cost effective enforcement strategy for near shore artisanal fisheries. This document is not a recompilation of literature, but a practical guide based on our experience in the Eastern and Western Pacific.

Five core functions of traceability technology

Through years of engagement with seafood businesses and technology companies, Future of Fish has developed five core business functions of traceability technology. All five must be in place in order to address seafood’s social and environmental ills effectively. Not only must robust end-to-end traceability track products on a batch-level basis, but it also must provide a level of corporate transparency at each step in the chain. Here are the five core functions:

Accelerating & communicating government fisheries data modernization

This report is a practical guide for those looking to improve government fisheries data systems and governance frameworks. A core part of our approach is to define and demonstrate the clear benefits of improved data systems to governments, a process that varies depending on individual as well as organizational goals and mandates.

The World's Forgotten Fishes

Undervalued and overlooked, the world's freshwater fish are critical for the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people—and the health of rivers, lakes, and wetlands—but 1/3rd of them are already threatened with extinction. Promoting thriving populations of freshwater fishes and the ecosystems within which they thrive is a priority for WWF and the 15 organizations and alliances that produced this report.

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