Central America, November 1, 2021. A group of 12 young Costa Ricans working in small-scale artisanal fishing will contribute their experience and knowledge to the SSF HUB digital platform, which gathers information on small-scale fisheries in 19 countries worldwide.
This initiative will allow the publication of experiences and information related to climate change, disaster risk, employment, food security, and exercising human rights.
The Platform for Artisanal Fishermen (https://ssfhub.org) is an interactive, multilingual hotline for ocean workers and their allies.
This tool provides access to resources free of charge to strengthen the governance and development of these communities. The platform was developed to be utilized by those working in small-scale fisheries. With their experience, SSF Hub hopes to advocate for implementing sustainable practice and stabilizing small-scale fisheries. They define their mission in (Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Sustainable Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines).
SSF Hub will publicize the experience and history of Costa Rica’s artisanal fishing communities during the II National Congress of Small-Scale Artisanal Fishers and Mollusk Gatherers. The National Congress will be held at the Hotel Villa Lapas in Garabito, Puntarenas, from November 8 to 10.
The Congress is organized by CoopeSoliDar R.L. and La Red de Áreas Marinas de Pesca Responsable, in attendance there will be about 60 residents of the Bribrí Territory, Puerto Pochote, Puntarenas, Tarcoles, Isla Chira, Puerto Jiménez, Sierpe, Cahuita, Valle La Estrella, Barra del Colorado Sur, Barra del Colorado Norte, Playa Blanca, Chomes, Lepanto, Cabuya, Costa de Pájaros, Isla Venado, Boruca Territory, San Juanillo and others. In addition, representatives of organizations from Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama will attend.
Daniela Meneses of CoopeSoliDar R.L. and coordinator of this communication initiative, believes it is an excellent opportunity to highlight responsible, modern fishing practices. She is confident that the access to updated, first-hand information provided by SSF Hub will be critical to developing their decision-making process. She talks about how access to information will allow the communities to share their practices and learn, fortifying the fisheries as a whole.
Esmeralda Chávez, 23, a resident of Barra del Colorado, indicated that the opportunity to contribute her knowledge to a platform would help to inspire and empower others to share and create a profile on SSF Hub.
Aaron Chacón, 24, a resident of Tárcoles Marine Area for Responsible Fishing, has faith that SSF Hub will foster new connections and yield tremendous success as fishers will resolve issues not as individuals but as part of a global community.
SSF Hub is managed in a participatory and consultative manner. More than 100 people from 19 countries represent fishermen's organizations, conservation groups, and advisers. These men and women work diligently to improve the site daily.
-About CoopeSoliDar RL-
CoopeSoliDar RL, created in 2000, is a self-managed cooperative oriented to marine and continental conservation and human rights. In the last 21 years, it has focused its efforts on strengthening and defending the people’s rights to acess the sea, especially small-scale Costa Rican fishers and mollusk collectors.
-About the Network of Marine Areas for Responsible Fishing-
The Network is a conglomerate of organizations of various kinds, ranging from Marine Areas of Responsible Fishing, fishing organizations of diverse nature, communities of marine management areas, indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, and mollusk communities. It is a broad, open, and heterogeneous group with robust participation in small-scale artisanal fishing within Costa Rica.