Towards a New Era of Support for Small-Scale Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe

International Workshop

Towards a New Era of Support for
Small-Scale Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe

23-24 June 2023
Brest, France

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Anyone interested is the topic of small-scale fisheries is welcome to join the following sessions on Friday morning:  'Sharing stories and highlights about small-scale fisheries in Africa and Latin America' (9:45 – 10:45) & 'Small-scale fisheries of Europe: what’s up with them?' (11:00 – 13:00). These sessions are organized in hybrid format - no registration needed. 

To participate virtually, join via the Zoom link.

Concept note and invitation

Registration deadline: May 15, 2023

The International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022) officially ended in December last year, but the new era of support has been launched. This is the theme for the closing events of IYAFA 2022, held in various locations around the world this year. Recognizing the role of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in Europe, and as a contribution to the discussion about the need for continuation of support for small-scale fisheries, we are hosting a workshop in Brest on 23-24 June 2023, co-organized by UMR AMURE- IUEM and TBTI Global, with support from ISblue (France), OFI Module I (Canada), SEAWISE (H2020) and AKTEA the European Network of Women in Fisheries, in conjunction with the Belmont Forum project, Fish to Sustainability (F2S), coordinated by IRD.

The workshop is an opportunity for researchers, professionals, NGOs, and communities interested in this topic to share commitments, visions and plans for a future support to small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in Europe. It is also an opportunity to discuss what we can do collaboratively in the region and what contribution can the region make to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the adoption of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), which will be next year (2024).

The first day of the workshop will bring together European and local researchers working on topics relevant to small-scale fisheries, including biologists, ecologists, sociologists, anthropologists, economists, and geographers. They will be joined by international colleagues from projects like F2S, OFI Module I and TBTI Global, which will enhance sharing of lessons from Latin America, Africa and Canada. The first day will be held in English and all students (PhD students and interns) and post docs are invited to participate and lead the discussions.

On the second day, the French researchers will meet with fisheries professionals, women in the sector, NGOs and the public to exchange experiences on the main themes covered in the SSF Guidelines. Several round tables in French will be moderated by students interested in this topic. The discussions during the workshop will be used as feedback to help promote the implementation of the SSF Guidelines in Europe. It will also provide a strong foundation to create a network of European small-scale fisheries researchers, linking with existing networks and TBTI country hubs in other continents.

This is an interactive workshop, not a conference. There is no cost to participate, participation is voluntary, and there is no funding to support participation. Space is however limited. Please send email to to express your interest by May 15th.

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