Small-Scale Fisheries Open House – World Ocean Week 2021

During the World Oceans Week (WOW) last June, TBTI partnered with local, national, international and inter-governmental organizations from around the world in organizing the ‘Small is Bountiful’ event that featured a series of online webinars and panel discussions about smalls-scale fisheries. The event brought attention to the importance of the sector, celebrated their contributions, and facilitated a dialogue about some of the most pressing small-scale fisheries issues. It focused in particular on ways to apply the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) to achieve inclusive, equitable and just development of small-scale fisheries.

This June, we’re doing it again, but with a slight twist. For WOW this year, we have invited you to put on your own show!

Specifically, we have invited groups, organizations or networks that represent or work with small-scale fishing communities to organize a session for the ‘Small-Scale Fisheries Open House’ event. The proposed session can cover any small-scale fisheries topic in a country, countries, or in a region, as long as it is situated within the broad context of ‘Life and livelihoods’, the official theme of the 2021 WOW. The open house will also help shape the upcoming International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022, as well as the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress to be held in the same year.

With the call for contribution now officially closed, we're glad to report that there is going to be a full house at the ‘Small-Scale Fisheries Open House’ event!

Thanks to those who have submitted session proposals, covering a wide spectrum of small-scale fisheries, from all corners of the world. We will soon roll out the program for the SSF Open House, and will let you know how you can participate and contribute.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, contact us at

Past event

Small is Bountiful - 2020 World Ocean Week

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