‘Web debate’ on April 3: MPAs and SSF


The second web debate will take place on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)*. The debate will center around the question whether Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and other spatially-based management tools, are good for SSF. During the web debate, several speakers and pop-up speakers will provide their own unique perspective on this issue.

Scroll down for detailed instructions on how to join the web-debate.



Mitchell Lay: Small-Scale Fisher, Antigue and Barbuda

Bio: Mitchell Lay is a small-scale fisher from Antigua and Barbuda with more than 20 years experience in small-scale fishing, and in small- scale fisheries organizations and their development in the Caribbean Network of Fisher-Folk Organisation (CNFO).

RDevillers_smallerDr. Rodolphe Devillers: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Bio: Rodolphe Devillers is Professor of Geography, specialized in geospatial analysis and visualization in support of marine conservation and ocean management. Dr Devillers is part of TBTI, being involved with the development of the Information System on Small-scale Fisheries (ISSF). Some of his work in conservation include methods that can help design networks of marine protected areas, looking for instance at trade-offs between biological and socio-economic criteria.

Lena Westlund: Independent consultant, small-scale fisheries and MPAs, Sweden

Bio: Lena Westlund (MSc University of Gothenburg, Sweden) has extensive experience from fisheries and development cooperation. She has lived and worked both long and short term in-country engaged in projects addressing poverty alleviation and food security in fishing communities. She has also been involved in policy and has in particular worked on small-scale fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs) in the context of fisheries. Ms. Westlund currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden, from where she continues to work as an FAO consultant.

Dr. José J. Pascual-Fernández: University of La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) 

Bio: Dr. José J. Pascual-Fernández is Profesor Titular of Social Anthropology at the University of La Laguna since 1993. He received his PhD. in 1989 with a thesis about artisanal fisheries in the Canary Islands. His earlier research has been focused on fisheries and governability; since 2001 he focuses more on MPAs in Spain and small-scale fisheries. He has published several books and articles about this subject, and joined diverse European projects and networks.

Background readings

FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries on  Marine protected areas and fisheries

Report of FAO sessions at IMPAC3 (IUCN, Marseille, France, 2013)

FAO and IUCN-FEG technical paper: Marine protected areas: Interactions with fishery livelihoods and food security


How to join the webinar?

The webinars are open to anyone interested in SSF. No prior registration is necessary.

To join the web-debate, click on the link:

You will be asked to download the program so we highly recommend that you give yourself extra 5-10 minutes to log into the session. You can also download the program ahead of time and test your system. The platform used for the webinars is Java based so please make sure your system is up to date.

For more detail instructions on how to download the program and join the webinar, please click here.

*To check local time, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/.

If you have any question about the webinar send us an email to toobigtoignore@mun.ca.


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