Global Change Responses

Small-scale fishing communities, especially those living in low-lying areas, are highly susceptible to global change, such as  environmental change, climate change and changes in markets and governance. Many of these communities have managed to cope and adapt, while others remain at risk. This research cluster aims to understand how small-scale fishing communities respond to different types of change and stressors. As well, it aims to identify factors and conditions that make it possible for small-scale fishing communities to cope and adapt and compile lessons from these experiences and share them widely.


The cluster has three linked activities: a rapid appraisal and a more in-depth analysis of small-scale fishing communities response to change:


First, we’re inviting anyone with knowledge about how small-scale fishing communities respond to change to complete a short online questionnaire, as part of the ‘rapid assessment’ of global change responses. Each contribution will be compiled into an e-book, which will be widely distributed to help communities learn about the coping and adapting strategies taken elsewhere. Data from the assessment will be integrated into the web-based interactive Information System in Small-Scale Fisheries (ISSF), as part of the ‘Global Alert’ layer, which will serve also as a monitoring and communication tool for small-scale fisheries around the world.


Next, we would like to encourage those with detailed information on this topic to complete the I-ADApT template. I-ADApT is an integrated assessment framework developed to enable and enhance decision-making in fisheries faced with global change issues. The framework is based on a typology of case-studies that provide lessons on how the fishing communities and the broader natural, social and governance systems respond to the challenges of global change. It aims to enable decision-makers, researchers, managers and local stakeholders to reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience of coastal peoples to global change through adequate decisions, improved reactions, and effective allocation of resource. The framework is developed by Human Dimensions Group of the IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) project. Within TBTI and Cluster we, plan to further develop I-ADApT as a useful decision making tool specifically for small-scale fisheries. We plan to publish the SSF I-ADApT case studies, either as a journal special issue or a peer-reviewed book volume, depending on the number of contributions.



Significant progress has been made in describing and understanding the primary aspects of observed large-scale changes in fisheries production. However, little is known about how these global changes affect small-scale fisheries and the relative communities who depend on them. Considering the importance of small-scale fisheries for many coastal communities – both culturally and, particularly for developing countries, as a reliable source of food – this cluster is launching a new initiative to enhance understanding about small-scale fisheries and their susceptibility to global changes. Specifically, we are inviting case studies about small-scale fisheries anywhere in the world affected by any type of change, local or large-scale, climate-related or others (environmental, economical, markets and regulations related). Case study contributors are encouraged to use the I-ADApT template, developed by IMBER Human Dimension Working Group. By applying the same framework to multiple case studies, typology of responses can be developed, based on fisheries characteristics and type of stressors. Such a typology can be very useful to help fishing communities and fisheries managers prepare for change. The findings will be published in a synthesis paper & journal special issue publication. Possible journals for the special issue are Global Environmental Change, Progress in Oceanography, and ICES.



For more information on participation in this cluster please scroll down to “How to contribute” section. 


1) To learn about how small-scale fishing communities around the world respond to different types of global change;

2) To help small-scale fishing communities learn and share lessons and experience about effective coping and adapting strategies through ISSF ‘Global Alert’; and

3) To help formulate governing interventions that promote preparedness and awareness among small-scale fishing communities to better cope with changes.

Research questions

1) What are the main issues affecting small-scale fishing communities and what are their impacts on fishing communities and the broader social, ecological and governance systems in the area?

2) How do small-scale fishing communities cope with these issues and the changes around them?

3) What can be learned about the effectiveness of the coping and adaptation strategies that small-scale fisheries use around the world?

4) What types of policies and interventions are appropriate to help small-scale fishing communities cope and prepare?


1) E-book based on the rapid assessment of how small-scale fishing communities respond to global changes

2) Contribution to the further development of I-ADApT as an operational tool for decision making

3) A synthesis paper & journal special issue publication based on ‘Global changes in small-scale fisheries’ I-ADApT case studies

4) Community handbook, policy brief, technical report and synthesis paper

5) Global change responses for small-scale fisheries webinar

5) ISSF layer on ‘Global Alert’

Timeline / Work plan

1) Rapid assessment of small-scale fishing communities’ coping and adapting strategies: on-going

2) Contribution of in-depth case studies using I-ADApT Framework: on-going

3) Call for contribution ‘Global changes in small-scale fisheries’: submission deadline is November 15, 2016

Additional reading material 

1. Bundy et al. (2015).A decision support tool for response to global change in marine systems: the IMBER-ADApT Framework. Fish and Fisheries. doi: 10.1111/faf.12110


How to contribute

1) Contribute a case study 

Submit a case study to a call for contributions on ‘Global changes in small-scale fisheries’ . The contributions will be published in a synthesis paper & journal special issue publication. Detail information about the call can be found in TBTI Global Change Responses_call for contribution


2) Complete theshort questionnaire’ about issues, change and response. Contribute as early as you can. Each contribution will be published on TBTI website as it comes in, and will be compiled into an e-book.


3) Submit a case study using the I-ADApT Framework

We are inviting in-depth case studies about how different small-scale fishing community’s respond and adapt to climate or other global changes, using the I-ADApT framework.

The I-ADApT template can be downloaded in the following languages:

English French Spanish 

After completing the information required send it to


4) SSF profiles

One of the main commitments of TBTI is to make information about SSF comprehensive and available to everyone. The SSF profile in ISSF is developed with this in mind. Currently, ISSF is running the SSF profiles drive to complete the first 200 profiles. We would like to encourage all cluster members to help with this task by completing the fillable form and email it to We don’t expect that you will have all the required information. Please consult colleagues or literature as necessary.

Cluster coordinators

Alida Bundy, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

William Cheung, The University of British Columbia, Canada

Ahmed Khan, Saint Mary’s University, Canada

Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University, Canada

Prateep Nayak, University of Waterloo, Canada

Cluster members
Name Affiliation Country
Abdul, Waidi Federal University of Agriculture Nigeria
Abura, Samson Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization Uganda
Acciaioli, Gregory The University of Western Australia Australia
Agua-Onyekwelu, Ugochi Lagos State University Nigeria
Alam, Md Mahbub Marine Fisheries Academy, Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock Bangladesh
Anatole, Danto CNRS / ApoliMer / UMR LEMAR / UMR ARENES France
Anton, Paula FAO Italy
Antonova, Anna University of Leeds UK
Armah, Frederick University of Western Ontario Canada
Arthur, Robert MRAG UK
Assem, Sylvia Mamle University of Ghana Ghana
Baigun, Claudio Instituto de Investigación e Ingenieria Ambiental Universidad Nacional de San Martin/Wetlands International Argentina
Balaraman, Subramanian Our Sea Our People India
Bannwart, Janaina Fishery coordinator of Epagri Brazil
Barter, Lachlan University Center for the Westfjords Iceland
Bassett, Hannah Univesity of Washington USA
Bazzino, Gaston CIBNOR (Northwest Biological Research Center) Mexico
Beitl, Christine University of Maine USA
Bennett, Nathan The University of British Columbia Canada
Blythe, Jessica James Cook University Australia
Bockstael, Erika Natural Resources Institute Canada
Bonsu, Prince Owusu Erasmus Mundus Course on Maritime Spatial Planning Portugal
Breckwoldt, Annette Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT) Bremen
Brehmer, Patrice IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) France
Brewer, Jennifer University of New Hampshire USA
Brown, Heather University of Southampton UK
Cakacaka, Akuila Institute of Tropical Marine Research Germany
Cavaco, Patricia Sustainability Consultant Portugal
Combest-Friedman, Chelsea Fauna & Flora International Belize
Coswig Kalikoski, Daniela FAO Italy
Cowx, Ian University of Hull International Fisheries Institute UK
De Freitas, Debora Biosciences Institute São Paulo State University-UNESP, Coastal Campus Brazil
Defeo, Omar Faculty of Sciences Uruguay
Da Silva Batista, Vandick Universidade Federal de Alagoas Brazil
De Young, Cassandra FAO Italy
Delaney, Alyne Aalborg University Denmark
Dutka-Gianelli, Jynessa University of Florida Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences USA
Elegbede, Isa Brandenburg University of Technology Germany
Evans, Luisa Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University USA
Fakoya, Kafayat Lagos State University Nigeria
Faraco, Luiz ICMBIO Brazil
Finkbeiner, Elena Stanford University USA
Floro, Julien Marine Conservationist Portugal
Fofandi, Kamlesh Volunteer India
Frank, Beatrice Oklahoma State University USA
Freduah, George University of the Sunshine Coast Australia
Friedman, Kim FAO Italy
Gaynor, Amanda Rare USA
Gonzalez , Miguel Marinez Instituto De Estudios Interacionales, Universidad Del Mar (UMAR) Mexico
Gonzalez, Raul CONICET - Universidad Nacional del Comahue / Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas Argentina
Greenhill, Lucy Scottish Association for Marine Science UK
Ginindza, Joseph University of the Western Cape South Africa
Guillotreau, Patrice University of Nantes France
Gurung, Tek Nepal Agricultural Research Council Nepal
Haro, María Isabel The University of Queensland Australia
Harris, Craig Michigan State University USA
Hisham, Jafer Department of Fisheries India
Hudson, Joanna Blue Ventures UK
Ichien, Stephanie Oregon State University USA
Ilomo, Ophery Chemistry Department, University of Dar es Salaam Tanzania
James, Mark University of St Andrews UK
Jayasinghe, Anuradhj Post graduate student Sri Lanka
Jiménez Badillo, Ma. de Lourdes Veracruz University Mexico
Jouanneau, Charlène Charlène Jouanneau Consultant France
Kappo, Ayorinde NASRDA Nigeria
Kehinde, Adekeye Fisheries society of Nigeria Nigeria
Kinds, Arne Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) Belgium
Kotowicz, Dawn University of Rhode Island USA
Kumar, Subodh Central University of Gujarat India
Kushoro, Hijrah Lagos State University Nigeria
Kutin, Nikola National University of Management Cambodia
Lam, Mimi University of British Columbia Canada
Lamb, Norlan Conch - Conserving our natural cultural heritage Belize
Lau, Jacqueline ARC Centre for Excellece in Coral Reef Studies Australia
Lawson, Elaine Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Legon Ghana
Lazar, Najih University of Rhode Island USA
Lueiro, Xoán Inacio Amoedo Consulatant Spain
Lynch, Abigail U.S. Geological Survey USA
Manyungwa-Pasani, Chikondi Department of Fisheries Malawi Malawi
Marques, Elineide UFT Brazil
Matola, Hakimu Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute Tanzania
McClenachan, Loren Colby College USA
Mensah, Isaac Cardiff University UK
Miller, Mairi Memorial University Canada
Mozumder, Mohammad PhD student Finland
Mphangwe Kosamu, Ishmael Bobby University of Malawi Malawi
Msomphora, Mbachi UiT the Arctic University of Norway Norway
Myers, Bonnie USGS USA
Napata, Ruby Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies, College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, University of the Philippines Visayas Philippines
Naranjo, Helven Fisheries Consultant Costa Rica
Narvarte, Maite Andrea CONICET-Escuela Superior de Ciencias Marinas- Universidad Nacional del Comahue Argentina
Nyikahadzoi, Kefasi University of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Ojea, Elena University of Vigo Spain
Oumar Toure, Amadou Subregional Fisheries Commission Senegal
Oyanedel, Rodrigo Universidad Catolica de Chile Chile
Ozor, Anthony Lagos State University Nigeria
Palmer, Roy Aquaculture without Frontiers Australia
Pantazis, Alekos Indipendent researcher Greece
Parker, Kashiefa International Ocean Institute South Africa
Petersen, Carolyn University of Exeter UK
Pierce, Graham University of Aberdeen / University of Aveiro UK
Rachmawati, Laksmi Indonesian Institute of Sciences Indonesia
Ragusa, Gianluca International Independent consultant - Fisheries and aquaculture specialist Italy
Ramenzoni, Victoria Harte Research Institute, Texas A&M University USA
Richard, Natalie Alaska Pacific University USA
Rogers, Victoria Memorial Univeristy Canada
Rohe, Janne Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT Germany
Romero, Maria Alejandra CONICET Argentina
Romero, Ronnie National Fisheries Research and Development Institute Philippines
Ruperti Loor, Hans Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Spain
Saba, Abdulwakil University of Lagos Nigeria
Said, Alicia PhD Student, University of Kent UK
Scherrer, Kim University Autònoma de Barcelona Spain
Schmidt, Jörn Kiel University Germany
Schneider, Katharina Heidelberg University Germany
Serrat, Alba Universitat de Girona Spain
Seto, Katherine UC Berkeley USA
Simmance, Fiona University of Southampton UK
Siriwardane-de Zoysa, Rapti Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology Germany
Smith, Tim University of Sunshine Coast Australia
Snape, Robin University of Exeter Cyprus
Soares, Lisa University of Warwick UK
Torre, Jorge Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) Mexico
Tubino, Rafael Universidade Federal Fluminense Brazil
Turner, Rachel University of Exeter UK
Tzanatos, Evangelos University of Patras Greece
Urteaga, Jose
Vila Nova, Daniele Universidade Federal de Goiás Brazil
Viswanathan, K Kuperan University Utara Malaysia Malaysia
Wise, Sarah AFSC, NOAA USA
Yeemin, Thamasak Ramkhamhaeng university Thailand
Yingst, Alexandra University Centre of the Westfjords Iceland
Zhao, Lily University of Washington USA