Join us for a series of events marking 2023 World Fisheries Day!

The New Era of Support for Small-Scale Fisheries,
Marine Conservation, and Coastal Future

November 21-23, 2023 I St. John's, Canada

About the events

On November 21, we’ll celebrate the 2023 World Fisheries Day and the official launch of the TBTI Canada hub, with the release of the e-book on ‘Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada’, edited by Evan J. Andrews & Christine Knott. On November 22, we are hosting panel presentations and discussion on 'Towards the New Era of Support for Marine Conservation', while the conversation on November 23 focuses on the future of ocean and coastal areas in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Audience can expect to see talks by international and local speakers, experience a book launch and exhibits, and, of course, participate in a seafood cooking contest. Further details about the events will be posted on the TBTI website.

Let's celebrate World Fisheries Day, November 21

Talks by international guests

Yinji Li

Yinji Li, Tokai University, Japan

You Have Been, and Always Shall Be, Beautiful: Small-Scale Fisheries in Japan

Muhammad Mahmudul Islam, Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Visualizing the Small: Opportunities and Challenges of Artisanal Fisheries in Bangladesh


María José Barragán-Paladines, Charles Darwin Foundation, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

The Different Shades of 'Fish': Integrating Perspectives to Address the Complexity of Small-Scale Fisheries in Galapagos Islands


Silvia Salas, CINVESTAV - Merida, Mexico

Mexican Small-Scale Fisheries - In Good Time and Tough Time

About the e-book: Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada

Edited by Evan J. Andrews & Christine Knott

Discover Canada’s small-scale fisheries in the e-book, Thinking Big about Small-Scale Fisheries in Canada'. This e-book is written by a diverse group of authors who explore the challenges and opportunities faced by small-scale fishers and fishing communities across the country. The stories, perspectives, and research featured in this book shows a mosaic of small-scale fisheries in Canada, each vital for communities and their capacities to navigate changes in our lakes, rivers, and coasts. The e-book reveals that small-scale fisheries are part of the solution to the issues we face in managing our aquatic resources and meeting Canada’s commitments to sustainability, equity, conservation, and Truth and Reconciliation. Ultimately, the e-book is about creating space for new research and dialogue in pursuit of thriving and sustainable small-scale fisheries in just and equitable aquatic ecosystems. In short, it is about fostering a new era of support that draws attention to opportunities for visibility, recognition, and enhancement. Enjoy this e-book. It is an opportunity to explore the untold stories, diverse perspectives, and the timely research that contributes to this volume and an invitation to join the movement.

Join us for a public event 'The New Era of Support for Marine Conservation', Nov 22

This interactive event will feature international speakers who will share their experiences about marine conservation, from Galapagos, Ecuador; Tenerife, Spain; and Sakura Bay, Japan. We have also invited a number of people to share the national and local perspectives. But the most important part of this event is about YOU! We want to know what you think about marine conservation, and what you think we need to do next to advance marine conservation in NL, in Canada and around the world. There will be space for everyone to share experience and perspective. Join us and help develop the vision for the New Era of Support for Marine Conservation.

Visit here for more details.

Why World Fisheries Day?

The origin of World Fisheries Day is linked with the development of the World Fisheries Forum (WFF), an international fisher’s organization. Established in 1997, WFF was founded on the common principles of sustaining fishing communities, sustaining the fisheries, social justice, and preserving the cultural history of fish harvesters and fish workers.

Each World Fisheries Day is an opportunity to reflect on the ever-increasing knowledge about fishing, fishers, coastal communities, and the status of the oceans and the fish stocks. For fishers, this is another way to highlight the issues facing the sector and send a message about the value of their work. For the rest of us, it is a day to celebrate our oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. By organizing and participating in the events linked to the World Fisheries Day, we can show our support to fishers as well as promote sustainable fisheries and viable communities.

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