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