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Please join SeafoodSource and Seafood2030 for a free Virtual Event that will include a series of dialogues assessing our collective impact on IUU, Fair Labor, National Management & International Governance, and Sustainable Financing.

Over the last 20 years, a robust landscape of marketplace tools, sustainability initiatives and programs have developed globally to support industry adoption of sustainable practices and product. These efforts have been successful addressing the worst environmental impacts, labor practices and supply chain pain points in seafood. Now these disparate efforts are aligning into a coherent sustainable seafood system -- increasing the collective impact of all stakeholders and the opportunity to bring about real change in the industry.

This event will evaluate how well the collective efforts of the sustainable seafood system to address IUU, Fair Labor, National Management & International Governance and Sustainable Finance and identify ways to improve how we work.

Day 1 of the program will provide an evaluation of sustainable seafood efforts from industry leaders and issue experts and Day 2 will be an opportunity for participants to provide input and identify strategies to support a more effective support system for a sustainable seafood industry.

 

More information on the event and agenda here.

 

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This third webinar in a series addressing issues relevant to crustacean fisheries will feature experts on marine protected areas (MPA) describing the potential for MPAs to impact crustacean fisheries. Experts will present on the current status of international MPA implementation, intended and unintentional outcomes of MPAs, and other challenges when considering spatial management of fisheries and conservation goals. The direct and indirect response of California Spiny lobster to MPA implementation will be explored as a case study.

Speakers:
Ray Hilborn - Professor: University of Washington. School Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Hunter Lenihan - Professor: University of California, Santa Barbara. Bren School of Environmental Science & Management
Yunzhou Li- PostDoctoral Associate: Stony Brook University. School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

 

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Join us for this free 2-day virtual conference on November 9th and 10th, 2021, 9:00 am – 1:30 pm PST.

This conference will explore the 30×30 movement to protect 30% of coasts and oceans by 2030, reversing the negative impacts of biodiversity decline and climate change.

The conference will be translated live in Spanish.

 

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In celebration of the upcoming International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, November 24th will mark the release of a new online resource highlighting how small-scale fishers globally are engaging in environmental conservation and stewardship protecting and restoring their environment and fishery resources, and safeguarding livelihoods and food security.

You are invited to join a 90-minute webinar November 24, 2021. Speakers include leaders of global fisher organizations, local-level fishers sharing their small-scale fisheries stewardship experiences, FAO representatives and members of the SSF-Stewardship project team. A question-and-answer period will be included. (Time: 10:00 AM Halifax / 15:00 PM Rome / 21:00 Bangkok)

 

Language: The webinar will be primarily in English with live interpretation into French and Spanish.

 

Webinar recording

 

 

IYAFA 2022 is coming, stay tuned! 

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA). IYAFA  aims to raise awareness on the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, strengthen science-policy interaction, empower stakeholders to take action, and to build new and strengthen existing partnerships. As lead agency, FAO will host the launch event on November 19th, make sure to save your place and register now. 

 

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Discover IYAFA

 

 

A virtual webinar providing a “first-look” at some key findings from the upcoming Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) report.

 

Due out in 2022, the Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) report ties together the efforts of nearly 800 authors and experts to contribute to a more complete picture of small-scale fisheries. Drawing on a tapestry of methods, including 58 country and territory case studies, the report examines the current environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of marine and inland small-scale fisheries at global and local scales. In this webinar, the IHH chapter leads will share a few key findings from the report and respond to audience members' questions during the Q&A session. 

Webinar agenda

Welcome remarks:

Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Overview

Giulia Gorelli, FAO
Maria del Mar Mancha Cisneros, Duke University

Key findings: Presented by the IHH report leads on the environment, social and nutrition, gender, economic and governance dimensions:

Nico Gutierrez and Simon Funge-Smith, FAO
Dave Mills, WorldFish
Sarah Harper, University of British Columbia, and Danika Kleiber, WorldFish and James Cook University
Nicole Franz, FAO, and John Virdin, Duke University
Xavier Basurto, Duke University

Question and answer session: Participants will be invited to submit questions to the webinar speakers. Facilitated by webinar moderators: 

Vera Agostini, Deputy Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO
Lena Westlund, Consultant, FAO

Closing remarks

Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO

 

Please note: The webinar will be in English with live interpretation into French and Spanish. Participants are encouraged to submit any questions in advance by emailing IHH-Small-Scale-Fisheries@fao.org.

We look forward to your active participation.

 

Register for the webinar at 6 AM GMT / 8 AM Rome 

Register for the webinar at 2 PM GMT / 4 PM Rome

 

About the IHH initiative 

Led by FAO, Duke University, and WorldFish, the IHH initiative aims to generate and disseminate new evidence about the importance of small-scale fisheries to inform policy and practice. A major output of the initiative is a comprehensive research report based on a new and novel methodology. Due out in 2022, the IHH report looks holistically at the environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of small-scale fisheries globally.

The IHH findings will contribute to the growing body of evidence on the role and values of small-scale fisheries. Critically, the initiative will help to put much needed data and information  into the hands of countries, regions and small-scale fisheries advocates to emphasize the diverse and vital contributions of small-scale fisheries.

Meet the panel

Jenny Crockett – Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Bally Philps – Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation

Brian O’Riordan – Low Impact Fishers of Europe

Gaoussou Gueye – African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations

This event will be chaired by Sophie Benbow, Fauna & Flora International and the Transform Bottom Trawling coalition.

Format

This event will consist of two parts: The first hour will feature a presentation of the latest evidence regarding bottom trawling and climate, an exclusive film screening from Belize on the impact of a trawling ban in coastal waters, a panel discussion with our experts and a live Q&A (in English and French). 

This will be followed by a 30 minute break out discussion in English, Bahasa Indonesia and French (indicate preferred language when registering for the event).

This event will be broadcast live from COP26 in Glasgow.

Session objectives

Small-scale fishers and environmental groups have long criticised bottom trawling for its negative impact on coastal fisheries and ecosystems. But emerging research suggests that bottom trawling’s impacts extend beyond seabed damage and overfishing and includes significant contributions to global greenhouse gas emissions. If current estimates are correct, then bottom trawling may be one of the most carbon-intensive methods of producing food. In this special COP26 panel discussion, a global panel of experts will explore bottom trawling’s place in a zero-carbon future.

The session aims to:

  • Present current research on the contribution of bottom trawling to the climate crisis and its broader social and ecological impacts
  • Explore the impacts of bottom trawling restrictions in West Africa and Belize and present opportunities for bottom trawling management in Europe 
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing approaches to bottom trawling management in diverse global geographies 
  • Discuss policies that exist or could be developed to mitigate the impact of bottom trawling on coastal fisheries, ecosystems and the climate

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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.

Fairer finance for small-scale fisheries: Supporting sustainable fisheries management through improved earnings

 

Meet the panel

Neel Inamdar – Wilderness Markets
Laura Fernández Cascán – Future of Fish
Esther Ngure – Blue Ventures
 

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

Format

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).

Session objectives

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:

  • Explore financing fisheries management through
    • Value-add processes
    • Fishery Improvement Projects
    • Microlending or other tools
  • Facilitate cross-sectoral learning by discussing examples from fisheries and agriculture that could be relevant for practitioners
  • Discuss tools that exist or could be developed to progress work in this area

 

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Sharing experiences from the front lines of community-led conservation

 

Join us for a series of interactive online conversations, called Toko telo: Sharing experiences to foster better community-led conservation.

The events each include a facilitated conversation with an international panel in English, followed by interactive workshops.

We are excited to announce a series of Toko Telo online conversations exploring the successes and challenges of community-led fisheries management and conservation.

We are looking for participants and contributors to the series so please contact us if you have relevant experience to share.

 

 

Hello everyone! We invite you to watch this short documentary on Madame Kokoly, a traditional Vezo fisherwoman living in the Velondriake region of southwest Madagascar. This video is hosted in the SSF Hub Resource Library and is available in several languages, which can be selected underneath the “Information about Resource” tab on the right side of the screen.

Please feel free to share your reactions to the video in the discussion section (here), pose a question to other members of the SSF Hub, or respond to one of the following discussion questions:

  1. Was there anything you saw in the film that you can relate to?
  2. Kokoly learned many of her skills from her father when she was young. What sort of knowledge or skills related to fishing are passed down from generation to generation in your community?
  3. Many members of Kokoly’s community depend on her to provide them with food from her catch. How do fishers in your community support the lives and nutritional needs of their family, friends, and neighbors?
  4. In order to supplement her income, Kokoly began farming seaweed. Do local fishworkers in your community engage in alternative livelihoods to supplement their income? If so, what do they do?
  5. How do women contribute to food security in your communities? Are their contributions similar or different from the contributions of men?
  6. How do you think Kokoly’s community will change as there are fewer and fewer fish in the sea? What would a better future look like for her community?
  7. What do you think of Kokoly’s quote: “Everything, once it's worth something, you won't see it anymore.” How does it relate to your life or the lives of your community members?

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.

The 49th Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) will be held virtually from 11 to 14 October 2021.

Organized shortly after the United Nations Food Systems Summit, CFS 49 will focus on the 2021 State of Food Security and Nutrition report, uptake of the CFS Voluntary Guidelines on Food Systems and Nutrition, CFS Mutli-Year Programme of Work and other ongoing CFS workstreams and priorities.

There will be several side events hosted during CFS and the full schedule of side events can be found here. One of the side events, titled "Transforming food, land and water systems for sustainable healthy diets" aims to highlight the contributions of aquatic foods to supporting healthy diets through school feeding programs. To register for this side event, click here.

More information on CFS can be found here

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The UN Food Systems Summit was announced by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on World Food Day last October as a part of the Decade of Action for delivery on the SDGs by 2030. The aim of the Summit is to deliver progress on all 17 of the SDGs through a food systems approach, leveraging the interconnectedness of food systems to global challenges such as hunger, climate change, poverty and inequality. More information about the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and list of Advisory Committee and Scientific Group members can be found online: https://www.un.org/foodsystemssummit

View the schedule of events here and register here

 

UNFSS Pre-Summit

The United Nations convened a Food Systems Pre-Summit from 26-28 July 2021 to set the stage for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit. This series of events, held both virtually and in-person in Rome, aimed to bring together diverse actors from across the world to leverage the power of food systems to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs. Click here to access recordings of the events from the Pre-Summit. 

 

Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI), es una organización de la sociedad civil mexicana con 22 años de experiencia en conservación marina y pesca sostenible, en articulación con la Red de Jóvenes Líderes en Área Protegidas y Conservadas de Latinoamérica y el Caribe (ReLLAC-J) invitan a las juventudes y adultos trabajando en temas de conservación marina y recursos pesqueros provenientes de América Latina y el Caribe; a participar en el concurso de fotografía “La vida de las comunidades pesqueras frente al COVID-19 en América Latina y el Caribe” El cual tiene como objetivo conocer desde la mirada y lente de las mujeres, hombres y juventudes de comunidades costeras, las historias, esencia y vivencias diarias de las comunidades pesqueras de la región LAC durante la pandemia del COVID-19 que comenzó en la víspera del 2020.

 

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La fecha límite para enviar su fotografía es el 14 de agosto de 2021.

 

Blue foods — fish, invertebrates, aquatic plants, and algae captured or cultivated in freshwater and marine ecosystems — play a central role in food and nutrition security for billions of people, yet are often left out of food system analyses, discussions, decisions, solutions, and resource allocations.

Speakers:
- Tiago Pitta e Cunha, Chief Executive Director for the Oceano Azul Foundation.
- Pip Cohen, Research Program Leader for Resilient Small-Scale Fisheries with WorldFish.
- Jim Leape, Co-Director, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

Moderator: Imani Fairweather Morrison, Programme Officer for Oak Foundation’s Global Small Scale Fisheries Sub-programme.

Call to Action: Richard Page, Policy Specialist, Ocean Unite, and Maria Honig, Initiative Lead Accelerating Coastal Community Led Conservation, WWF.

Join us for this webinar on 13 July 2021 at 14:00-15:00 (GMT+1) to help us realize the potential of Aquatic/Blue foods to help end malnutrition and build healthy, nature-positive, and resilient food systems.

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This two-part series highlighted the voices of fishers: Part I focused on their experiences and responses to the pandemic and Part II focused on how fishers and their intermediaries (or other value chain actors) have innovated to overcome the COVID crisis. These virtual events replicated some of the features of an in-person fisher exchange and provided 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 was 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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Watch the recording here

Please share your thoughts and reactions to the webinar on the discussion page here

 

Session II: Tuesday, November 16th, 2021

Session II was focused 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.

Moderators: 

Hoyt Peckham, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) & Cristina Pita, International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED)

Speakers: 

Ben Martens - Executive Director of Maine Coast Fishermen's Association (MCFA)
Tracy Sylvester - Fisher and Fishmonger, Wooden Island Wild 
Don German - Fishers Roundtable 
Martiza - Asociación de Pescadores de La Rosita, Cuero y Salado (APROCUS Fishing Association)
Paula Leiva - Mi Caleta
Reńe Jara - Fisher, Duao, Chile 

 

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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

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.

 

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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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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.

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The fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will review the achievement and delivery of the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. It is also anticipated that the final decision on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework will be taken, together with decisions on related topics including capacity building and resource mobilization.

 

 

The “zero draft” for a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework has included a focus on ensuring work to preserve biodiversity contributes to “the nutrition, food security, and livelihoods of people, especially for the most vulnerable.”

 

Event Details 

Limits to Blue Growth? 

For decades sustainable development has served as guiding concept for policy makers, including those concerned in coastal and ocean governance. At the same time, the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ have nowadays become popular concepts in marine policy. Notions on blue growth especially ask attention for new uses of the oceans, such as renewable energy (wind at sea), deep sea mining and deep-sea fishing but also aim at highlighting ecosystem services that have societal value (coastal protection, CO2 storage and biodiversity). The concept aims to reconcile two seemingly opposing uses of the oceans: exploitation and conservation, in the same way as was intended with the use of ‘sustainable development’. The concept also seems to promise that there still is a new, not yet reached frontier for economic expansion.

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Resources

Advancing Gender in the Environment: Gender in Fisheries – A Sea of Opportunity

This guide provides an overview of the unique roles and contributions women make in the wild-caught fisheries sector. The guide also explains how persistent gender inequalities limit women’s economic empowerment, and increased risks of gender-based violence negatively impact the potential of women to thrive and contribute towards strong economies.

Assessing inclusion in community-based natural resource management: A framework and methodology

This Guidance Note offers a framework that opens the “black box” of inclusion and removes uncertainty around the meaning of inclusion—in so doing we make clear distinctions between inclusion from more superficial forms or measures, especially attendance. The Guidance Note then presents a set of mixed methods and tools to assess inclusion (and exclusion) using this framework.

International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 Global Action Plan

The IYAFA 2022 Global Action Plan (IYAFA GAP) aims at building global momentum to empower small-scale artisanal fisheries and aquaculture and securing a sustainable future for these important sectors. Outlined here are a series of indicative and interconnected actions that are mutually reinforcing in the pillars of work.

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