Call for contribution: TBTI special session for MARE Conference 2019 (Markets & Blue Justice)

Call for contribution:
TBTI special session for MARE People and the Sea Conference, 25-28 June 2019

Session title:  “Blue Justice for small-scale fisheries in the context of fishing opportunities and markets:
A lens for SDG14b”



Organizers: Alicia Said and Jose Pascual

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has raised the profile of small-scale fisheries through SDG14b, a target that calls for the provision of ‘access of small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets’. Considered as a historic moment for small-scale fisheries, their recognition in the SDGs is an important milestone that sets an important focus on how such target ought to be achieved. Reaching this milestone requires overhauls in governance structures and management systems that have traditionally favoured other segments of the fishing fleets, mainly industrial and large-scale fisheries supposedly more “efficient”. This is particularly relevant in the era of “Blue Growth” that in many of its formulations exclude fisheries, and particularly small-scale fisheries (SSF), privileging new sectors, potentially increasing the challenges for SSF. Hence, achieving access to fishing opportunities and markets, a.k.a. SDG14b, would require adjustments in resource governance and fisheries management systems in all sectors, and development programs that embed concepts like human rights, social justice and equity as key elements of what we refer to as Blue Justice. In this session, we seek to provide case studies from around the world to showcase the governance challenges and opportunities concerning the planned or accomplished implementation of SDG14b, along with lessons about the importance of focusing strongly on the issues and concerns related to SSF as we strive to achieve the overall SDGs. The session invites experts from different regions to bring together a global discussion on governance transformations in the broader picture to decipher challenges and inform new policies that bring about blue justice in ocean and resource governance.

Proposed format: 2-hour session, oral presentations

Conference stream to which the panel relates: 3: Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans

How to participate: If you are interested in joining this special session, please send the title of your talk, name, affiliation and contact information of the presenter and all co-authors, and 100 words synopsis of the presentation to Alicia Said ( and Jose Pascual ( no later than January 25th.