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

You can reach us at or visit the congress website. 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.


The 3WSFC Call for abstracts - CLOSED

The main theme for the congress is 'Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries'. The congress will facilitate interaction, information sharing, cross-fertilization of ideas and networking opportunities for participants. Thus, it will follow a dynamic format with activities organized around five theme days: science, community, policy, field, and action.



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