Fisher Voices Videos

The United Nations declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). IYAFA 2022 aims to focus world attention on the role that small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers play in human well-being, food security and nutrition, poverty eradication and sustainable natural resource use. During this time, it is important for fishers to be involved in shaping the dialogue and elevating the issues that are important to them and their livelihoods — thereby increasing global understanding and action to support them.

In celebration of IYAFA, the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource & Collaboration Hub (SSF Hub) a collaborative online space working to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and community development — is hosting a year-long campaign to highlight important topics, voiced by small-scale fishers and fish workers. The activities of the campaign aim to facilitate the exchange of stories, best practices, and drive actions needed to protect the lives and livelihoods of small-scale fishers worldwide.

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Fisher Voices Videos Interview Guide 

To download a PDF of the Video Interview Guide click here

A PDF version of the Video Interview Guide is available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Bahasa, Chinese, Tamil, Sinhala, Bengali, Hindi, Thai, Tagalog, and Hatian Creole. 

The Fisher Voices videos are short interviews or self-recorded videos that capture small-scale fisher voices on a variety of topics. People that live and work in small-scale fisheries are able to directly share their perspectives, concerns, and the actions they would like to see in their communities, from the local to global level. We are hoping to get interviews that discuss the four themes of the SSF Hub’s IYAFA campaign, however, these videos can be on any topic that fishers wish to discuss.These videos will be shared on the SSF Hub, on social media, and in communications materials to help build increased awareness of the issues facing small-scale fishing communities and drive action to support them. 

This guide can be used to share your perspective, or to conduct an interview with someone else.

Instructions for recording yourself

  1. If you are interested in recording a video, please review the explanation above, and take note that your interview will be shared publicly via the internet and in documents made available to people around the world. 
  2. Identify which topics you are interested in sharing your thoughts on. You have the option of answering the Interview Questions in the section below, or speak freely on any topic you wish to discuss. 
  3. Read some tips below on how to shoot a professional video on a phone.
  4. When you begin recording, introduce yourself: Say hello, your name, where you are and what you do.
  5. You can submit as many videos as you would like. Videos can be in any language and will be subtitled on YouTube. 

After completing the interview, send your video(s) to the SSF Hub. You can find instructions on how to submit a video at the bottom of this document. 

Instructions for conducting a interviewing 

  1. Identify people that are willing to share their perspectives on issues in small-scale fisheries. 
  2. Ask the interviewee for their permission to record the interview and explain how the interviews will be used (you can read them the passage above) and that they will be shared publicly via the internet and in documents and made available to people around the world. 
  3. Only proceed if you have permission to record and share the interview. To seek this permission use the prompt below. 
  4. Identify which topics below the interviewee  is interested in sharing their thoughts on.
  5. Ask them a selection of Interview Questions from the section below. There are questions on general perspectives on SSFs as well as four specific topics. We welcome responses to any of the questions. 
  6. Read some tips below on how to shoot a professional video on a phone.
  7. When you begin recording, begin by using the Prompt for Initiating an Interview
  8. Then they can respond to the questions of their choice. 
  9. After completing the interview, send your video(s) to the SSF Hub. You can find instructions on how to submit a video at the bottom of this document. 

Prompt for Initiating an Interview

If you are interviewing someone, please use the following prompt: 

Q: Can you tell me your name, where you are from, and your occupation or what you do for your livelihood?

A:             ___________

Q.          [Interviewee name], we’d like to record our conversation about your perspectives on small-scale fisheries. The interview will be shared on the SSF Hub, on social media, and in communications materials. Are you ok if we film our conversation and share your responses?

A.            [If yes, you can continue with the interview; if no, stop taping. Please honor any special requests that are made, for example if they ask for their comments to be made anonymously, or they would prefer to write down their responses and send them to you.] 


Interview Questions 

The Importance of Small-Scale Fisheries 

  1. Why are small-scale fishers important? 
  2. What do you hope your livelihood and community will look like in 10 years?
  3. What are the biggest issues affecting your livelihood and community? 
  4. What do you want to say to other people working, living in, and affecting policies related to small-scale fisheries? 

Women & Gender in Small-Scale Fisheries 

  1. What roles do women play in your community’s fisheries and how do they contribute to food security and nutrition? 
  2. What are some of the unique challenges faced by women working in small-scale fisheries? What are some of the largest challenges faced by women fishers and fishworkers in your community today?
  3. How have these challenges been addressed by your community?
  4. What requests do you have of your local, regional, and/or national government and policy-makers regarding the rights of women in small-scale fisheries? 

Small-Scale Fisheries as Part of the Blue Economy 

  1.  Apart from fishing, what other activities do you and your community engage in to contribute to household income and food security? 
  2. Do you or your community conduct aquaculture? Do you have a long-standing tradition of aquaculture, or is this a new practice for you? 
  3.  What are the challenges that you or people in your community have with aquaculture?
  4. How can local, regional, and/or national governments support your community’s economic priorities for alternative income sources, aquaculture, and small-scale fishing livelihoods? 

Small-Scale Fisheries Governance 

  1. Describe the area where you fish. (Where do you fish? Have your fishing grounds changed in recent years? Who else fishes there? ) 
  2. What other activities and ocean-uses occur in the areas where you fish? 
  3.  Are there restrictions on where you can fish? Who makes these decisions? 
  4. Are there any local, regional or national policies that secure access to fishing grounds for small-scale fishers? 

Climate Change Adaptations and Resiliency 

  1. Do you think climate change is having an impact on your fishery and your livelihood? What does this look like? 
  2. What do you think you and your community need to do in order to be more climate resilient? 
  3. What would you like to know more about in terms of climate change and fisheries management? 
  4. How can local, regional, and/or national government and policy-makers support you and your community in adapting to climate change and developing resiliency? 


How to Submit a Video 

Submission Guidelines

  1. Send the video(s) on WhatsApp to (415) 610-8248 OR send using to our email at Make sure to include your / the speaker’s name and title in the submission. Please contact us at if you need guidance on using WeTransfer.*

Tips for Shooting a Professional Video on a Phone

  1. Find a quiet space with minimal background noise that is not echoey.
  2. Find an interesting background with good lighting and no shadows on your / the speaker's face. If you are outside, make sure the sun is behind the camera person/phone.
  3. Hold the phone horizontally, keeping it as straight and level as possible.
  4. Keep the phone steady and check every so often to make sure the camera focus is on yourself / the speaker. 
  5. If you are shooting a video of yourself, having someone else record or placing the phone on a tripod instead of holding it would be great options if possible.
  6. Speak clearly and casually. Look into the camera as if you’re addressing a group of people. Don’t feel rushed and if you need to start again or shoot a few takes, that’s ok!


  1. The video submissions can be in any language. The SSF Hub will support adding subtitles to the videos. If possible, please include a written transcript of the video to assist with translating the videos accurately. 

Contact the SSF Hub

If you / any of the interviewees are interested in participating in the webinars, please contact the SSF Hub using the Contact Form or email us at


To watch other Fisher Voices videos, visit the SSF Hub Youtube Channel


Click here to learn more about the ways that the SFF Hub is supporting IYAFA 2022