Webinar on ‘Language is Power: How to talk about and act on “Blue Justice” for small-scale fisheries’

In recognition of the World Day of Social Justice, TBTI Global is organizing a free interactive webinar on February 21. The webinar will discuss social justice based on the insights from the two recently published TBTI papers on Blue Justice. 

The first paper, titled “Blue Justice and the co-production of hermeneutical resources for small-scale fisheries”, is written by Milena Arias Schreiber, Ratana Chuenpagdee and Svein Jentoft and published in Marine Policy. In the paper, the authors examine testimonies of injustices experienced by small-scale fisheries people collected by TBTI and propose a glossary of new concepts that can be used to interpret these experiences. The study emphasizes the contribution of transdisciplinary research for providing such concepts and the potential role of social scientists and action researchers as a means for advancing the goal of Blue Justice for small-scale fisheries. 

The second paper, written by Svein Jentoft and Ratana Chuenpagdee and published in Administration and Society, focuses on "Interactive Learning and Governance Transformation for Securing Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries". The authors argue that while strong and just institutions are imperative to securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, they are insufficient for obtaining justice. Justice, they stress, must be secured in the daily interactions between small-scale fisheries actors and other stakeholders, including governments, by means of interactive learning and involving governance transformation.

The webinar is part of the TBTI Blue Justice campaign that calls for more conversation about social justice in order to rectify the marginalized and vulnerable situations that many small-scale fisheries people find themselves in. Such actions should be especially encouraged during 2022 when we mark the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022)


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Svein Jentoft  
The Arctic University of Norway

Svein Jentoft is Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian College of Fishery Science, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. His long career as a social scientist specializing on fisheries management and fisheries communities has yielded numerous articles and books. He has led and been involved in many international projects, working in the Global South as well as in the North. He also has a long time interest in the conditions of indigenous peoples in Nicaragua and his native Norway. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and a ʻFriend of Small-Scale Fisheriesʼ award at the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Conference in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

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Milena Arias-Schreiber  
Gothenburg University, Sweden

Milena Arias-Schreiber is a Researcher and Project Leader at the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment, Gothenburg University, Gothenburg, Sweden. With a background on marine ecology and doctoral studies in the social sciences from the University of Bremen (Germany), her research focuses on institutional challenges for sustainable fisheries management. On this topic, she has worked with commercial anchovy fisheries for fishmeal production in the Peruvian Upwelling Ecosystem and with small-scale fisheries in the Baltic Sea. She is currently doing research and supporting the implementation of the ‘social dimension’ of ecosystem-based fisheries management in Sweden.


Ratana Chuenpagdee
Memorial University, Canada

Ratana Chuenpagdee is a university researcher professor at Memorial University in St. John’s. She leads the global partnership for small-scale fisheries, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), which aims at elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and rectifying their marginalization in national and international policies. Some of the current activities are ‘Blue Justice’ for small-scale fisheries, transdisciplinary capacity training to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines, and innovative fisheries governance. Ratana also co-leads a research module on informing governance responses in a changing ocean for the Ocean Frontier Institute, another major collaborative research between universities, governments, private sectors and communities.

Get ready to join the conversation on February 21 to mark the World Day of Social Justice.

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