3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress announced!


The theme of the first Congress held in 2010 in Bangkok was focused on ‘Issues and Solutions’. The 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress explored 'Options and Opportunities for Small-Scale Fisheries'. Recognizing the need for innovation in all aspects concerning small-scale fisheries, including social transformation and governance reform, in order to protect the rights of small-scale fishing people and to promote sustainable and viable small-scale fisheries, the third congress will focus on 'Transdisciplinarity and Transformation'. 

The 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress is an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, fisher organizations, CSOs and policy makers to share up-to-date information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programs to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Participants are invited to bring experience and ideas to the congress and contribute to the discussion about what it will take to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 14, particularly those related to ‘making fisheries sustainable.’

To foster interaction and promote transdisciplinarity, the congress will follow an innovative and dynamic format, including:

  • science symposium
  • policy forum
  • community roundtables
  • storytelling and talk circles
  • cultural exhibition
  • field visit to nearby inland small-scale fishing and farming villages

If you would like to collaborate, provide support, join a congress committee or simply share some innovative ideas, we would love to hear from you! You can reach us at toobigtoignore@mun.ca. As is the past, every effort will be made to make the congress accessible and interesting to fishers, fishers’ organizations, community groups, students and early career scientists.

More information about the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, including call for participation and congress registration will soon be available on our website. In the meantime, be sure to check the highlights from the 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress.



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