Local Dialogues

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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Local Dialogue Guide

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. 

To download a PDF of the Local Dialogue Guide click here


As part of this campaign, the SSF Hub is helping facilitate conversations with people that live and work in small-scale fisheries. The Local Dialogues provide the opportunity for fishers to share their thoughts, experiences, and voice their opinions on the changes they would like to see in their communities. These dialogues will elevate the voices of small-scale fishers and fishworker by providing first-hand accounts of their livelihoods and experiences with small-scale fisheries and will be used to develop the Regional Webinars and Policy Action Toolkits. 

We invite small-scale fishers, communities, learning networks, organizations, and members of the greater SSF Hub community to organize and host a Local Dialogue. 

This guide is designed to help you host a Local Dialogue. It includes all of the information on planning, hosting and sharing Local dialogue outputs with the global SSF Hub community. Any questions can be submitted to the SSF Hub moderators at info@ssfhub.org


1. How to host a Local Dialogue

Determine the participants

These dialogues are designed to elevate the voices of those living in or working with small-scale fisheries. Below are some questions to consider when determining participants, date, and time for the event:

  • Are there specific people who are eager to engage with other small-scale fisher actors?
  • Are there people who are knowledgeable or have experience with any of the four webinar themes (Women & Gender in Small-Scale Fisheries; Small-Scale Fisheries as Part of the Blue Economy; Small-Scale Fisheries Governance; and Climate Change Adaptations and Resilience)?
  • Are there people who are curious to learn more about any of the four webinar themes?

Set the date and time for your event and invite participants. Consider the different ways to keep your participants up to date with details about the Local Dialogue (Email, WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.)


How to Prepare to Host a Dialogue

The Local Dialogues are an opportunity for small-scale fishers to speak in detail about the topics that they wish to discuss. Are there any needs that need to be considered in order to facilitate an engaging dialogue and make the participants feel comfortable? 


We anticipate the Local Dialogues running for 1 to 2 hours. 

  • What is the best place to host this Dialogue? Are there any transportation barriers that need to be taken into account?
  • Consider providing food and drink for Dialogue participants. 
  • Will this event be in person? [Please consider COVID-19 safety regulations in your area] 
  • Are there any translation and interpretation needs for your Dialogue?


This is an opportunity for small-scale fishery actors to discuss topics that are important to them. A trusted facilitator or moderator may be necessary to help guide the conversation and assist with capturing the Dialogue’s takeaways to report back to the SSF Hub. 

Technology Barriers 

Consider the best way to host this dialogue given your participant’s needs and any technology barriers. 

  • Do you have a way of recording a video of the session or individual videos? 
    • The SSF Hub has prepared some tips for shooting videos on a phone [see section 4]
  • Will you need a projector or large screen for any media that you wish to share during the Dialogue? 
  • Will this event be online? Do you need the SSF Hub to provide a Zoom line for your group to use? If so, please contact the SSF Hub moderators at info@ssfhub.org to set up a meeting link]. 


Host your Local Dialogue 

Gather your audience and facilitators and hold your Dialogue. You can use the first page of this document to explain to the participants what the purpose of the Dialogue is and how their comments and feedback will contribute to the efforts of the SSF Hub. 

Dialogues can focus on the four webinar topics: Women & Gender in Small-Scale Fisheries; Small-Scale Fisheries as Part of the Blue Economy; Small-Scale Fisheries Governance; and Climate Change Adaptations and Resilience. The SSF Hub has provided a series of questions for each webinar topic to aid your discussion [see section 3]. Dialogues can also focus on any topic that is important to the participants. 


Share back to the SSF Hub 

Content from the Local Dialogues will be incorporated into other components of the SSF Hub Presents: Fisher Voices, IYAFA 2022 campaign as a way to help elevate the voices of small-scale fishers and fisherworks. The SSF Hub and its partners will be drawing from the content expressed in the Dialogues to host Regional Webinars and create Policy Action Toolkits to drive change around the issues identified by fishers and support the implementations of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication

Record information that you would like to share back with the SSF Hub 

The SSF Hub has prepared a Summary Report document to help capture the information shared during the Local Dialogue. However, there are multiple ways to share content back with the SSF Hub. 

  • Record videos of portions of the Local Dialogue. For example, proposed solutions, key discussions, individual interviews, or a summary of the event and opinions expressed. 
  • Capture pictures of the event and share quotes, stories, and important points in a written format. 
  • If your event is on Zoom, please consider recording the session and sharing the file. 


2. Dialogue Media 

The SSF Hub has produced a video introducing the SSF Hub Presents: Fisher Voices, IYAFA 2022 campaign and the four topics that it will cover. This video can be played at the start of your Local Dialogue to provide an introduction and some context to the SSF Hub campaign.  

The SSF Hub also hosts a growing collection of interviews, stories, and testimonials from small-scale fishers. You are welcome to play any of the videos to hear what other small-scale fisher actors are experiencing or how they are addressing challenges in their communities. Feel free to share additional content that relates to the topic of focus of your Local Dialogue. 

  • Stream the SSF Hub Presents: Fisher Voices, IYAFA Webinar Series video [here]
    • (Subtitles are available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Sinhala, Tagalog, Thai and Bahasa)
    • To request the video file, please contact the SSF Hub at info@ssfhub.org
  • Stream the Fisher Voices videos [here
  • Consider presenting a series of six slides to give the participants context about the purpose of the Local Dialogue and an explanation of the SSF Guidelines, IYAFA, and the SSF Hub. Access the presentation here
  • Share a video, presentation, or images that are specific to your participants or geographic area. 


3. Dialogue Questions

These facilitation questions are here to assist you with your discussion about each webinar topic. You do not have to answer all of the questions and you are welcome to discuss the topic freely and as it relates to your dialogue’s participants and geographic area. Consider writing down or recording people’s responses to these 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? 


4. Video Interview Guide

Use these instructions to record a summary video of your Local Dialogue or individual interviews. 


  1. Identify participants from the Local Dialogue that are willing to share their perspectives on issues in small-scale fisheries. Participants can record a group statement or an individual video. 
  2. Ask the interviewee(s) for their permission to record the interview and explain how the interviews will be used (you can read them the passage on page 1) 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 key takeaways from the Local Dialogue the interviewee is interested in sharing their thoughts on. Alternatively, ask them a selection of Dialogue Questions from the section above. We welcome responses to any of the questions. 
  5. Read some tips below on how to shoot a professional video on a phone.
  6. When you begin recording, begin by using the Prompt for Initiating an Interview
  7. After completing the interview, send your video(s) to the SSF Hub. You can find instructions on how to submit a video in the section below. 


Prompt for Initiating an Interview

If you are recording a summary of a Local Dialogue and/or 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]. 


How to Submit a Video

Submission Guidelines

  1. Send the video(s) on WhatsApp to (415) 610-8248 OR send using WeTransfer.com to our email at info@ssfhub.org. Make sure to include your / the speaker’s name and title in the submission. Please contact us at info@ssfhub.org 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!


5. Summary Report

You can use the Summary Report document as a place to write down information that is discussed during the Dialogue and identify quotes or stories that you wish to record on video. Please send this completed report and any video content that you wish to share with the SSF Hub community to the SSF Hub moderators at info@ssfhub.org 



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