Day III – June 4: Change & Resilience

Change & Resilience

Livelihood and food security are basic human rights and a priority area for remote, rural and marginalized urban communities grappling with the complex issues of poverty, unsustainable food systems and climate change impacts. Social and economic wellbeing and food security are tied to SDG 2, which focuses on achieving “zero hunger’. Given that the lives and livelihoods of so many people living in coastal communities depend on the SSF sector, this critical lifeline provides the main source of animal protein for millions around the world. To shed light on this important topic, researchers, intergovernmental and environmental organizations, and SSF communities will be sharing perspectives on the socio-economic dimensions of SSF through interactive panel discussions, photos, music, art, interview clips, live webinars, and video clips, among others.

How to join a session?

All sessions can be accessed by clicking on the Zoom link below. No registration required.
1) Check the start time of the session you are interested in. All sessions are shown in UTC.
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3) Click on the Zoom link a minute or two before the session is set to start. 
Session 1 @ 7:30 UTC

Circular economy and small-scale fisheries: from waste to plate

Circular economy principles applied to food production seek to guarantee sustainability by minimizing waste in value chains and adding economic value to goods that would otherwise be discarded. Its application to small-scale fisheries (SSF) is critical as 30-70% of captures are considered waste. Moreover, SSF support livelihoods for people worldwide, especially in developing countries, including a large number of women. In this session, we will explore examples of circular economy principles applied to fisheries and how that contributes to the objectives of at least six of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Format: Pre-recorded video

Language: English with Spanish subtitles

Duration: 30 minutes

Organized by: Maria Isabel Haro
Session 2 @ 8:30 UTC

Navigating tumult and change in the Gulf of Mottama

The ongoing military control of Myanmar comes as the country continues to grapple with the COVID19 pandemic – and both have substantially disrupted ongoing work toward fisheries co-management in the country. This includes multi-sector efforts by the Gulf of Mottama Project (GoMP) and collaborators such as the Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab (MCCL) to strengthen co-management of fisheries and conservation in the Gulf of Mottama. Our work on livelihoods, policy, research, and institutional strengthening across those fronts has yielded encouraging results. Please join our video presentation and discussion panel as we take stock of the current outlook for the communities, fisheries, and environment of the Gulf of Mottama.

Session organizers: Tara Sayuri Whitty, Wint Hte, Yin Yin Htay, Kenneth MacKay

Format: Video followed by live discussion

Language for video: English and Burmese (with English subtitles)

Language for discussion: English (bilingual participants can assist if needed)

Duration: 50 minutes

Organized by: Myanmar Coastal Conservation Lab (MCCL) with the Gulf of Mottama Project
Session 3 @ 9:30 UTC

Community-led local development in Europe and FLAGs

For many small-scale fisheries across the EU, continuing as a viable business and way of life has many challenges. Revenue and employment opportunities in the fishing sector are declining. What is needed is innovative responses, that are both sustainable and inclusive. Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) is a tool that empowers local fisheries communities to take the lead on finding solutions targeted at their specific needs. Working together with Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) and using CLLD, local stakeholders select and implement the projects that benefit their fisheries areas. The FARNET Support Unit (FSU) is the technical assistance team established by the European Commission to help with the implementation of CLLD. This session will be an opportunity to see how the CLLD approach works in practice.


  • Janne Posti (Senior Fisheries Expert, FARNET Support Unit)
  • Andrea Brogioni (Costa degli Etruschi FLAG)

Format: A mix of recorded and live presentations with a live Q&A

Language: English plus two videos in French and Italian with English subtitles

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: FARNET
Session 4 @ 11:0 UTC

Experience sharing from FAO World Fisheries University students

Multi-culture MSc Fisheries Social Science Students from the FAO World Fisheries University at Pukyong National University based in South Korea will be discussing and sharing their knowledge and countries’  experiences in SSF. The discussion would cover, but not be limited to the following: Blue Justice, gender, post-harvest losses, women contribution, cultural barriers, policies, access right, and Indigenous knowledge preservation.

Moderators: Isaac Nyameke from Ghana and Dhahbi Souleima from Tunisia


MSc Fisheries social science students:

  • Yaka Laure Ephigenie, Cameroon
  • Maifitri Yona, Indonesia
  • Nah Jeremiah Wonplue, Liberia
  • Jacinto Harliqueen, Philippines
  • Nyonhoe Djatougbe Yolande, Togo
  • Nazziwa Catherine, Uganda
  • Castro Perez Telimay Nailiu, Venezuela
  • Vu Manh Cong, Vietnam

Language: English

Format: Live presentation/panel discussion

Duration: 90 minutes

Organized by: FAO World Fisheries University Social Science Students
Session 5 @ 12:30 UTC

Unpacking the SSF Guidelines: Building resilience for SSF post COVID-19

Small-scale fisheries are experiencing increasing risks from climate change and disasters, and the Covid-19 crisis presents new challenges to the lives and livelihoods of small-scale fishing communities. The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines) promote the development of SSFs and describe how to cope with climate change and increased risks. This webinar explores an unprecedented opportunity to support a sustainable, inclusive, and resilient future for SSF – not only during the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA) but also through other international events.[1]

Session organizer: Florence Poulain, FAO


  • Manas Roshan, ICSF
  • Margaret MacDonald, Abalobi
  • Ben Belton, WorldFish
  • Kate Cook, Matrix Chamber

Format: A combination of presentations, pre-recorded interviews/videos and a group discussion.

Duration: 90 minutes

Language: English


[1] E.g. The United Nations (UN) Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development (2021-2030), the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26, November 2021), the Sixth Assessment report (AR6) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Session 6 @ 14:30 UTC

Toward a new social contract for SSF

Small-scale fishers may be ‘masters in their environment,’ but the types and frequencies of change that they have to face throughout their fishing lives, whether environmental and climate-related or social and political, have shifted and shaped what they are today. Based on a new e-book in TBTI Global Series titled “Toward a new social contract: community-based resource management and small-scale fisheries”, the panellists, including Professor Fikret Berkes – the book author and his former students – now renowned scholars, will discuss key changes that small-scale fisheries around the world have gone through, what it means to be resilient, and what the new social contract would look like.

Session Moderator: Ratana Chuenpagdee


  • Fikret Berkes, University of Manitoba, Canada
  • Eranga Galappaththi, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Melissa Marschke, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Prateep Nayak, University of Waterloo, Canada

Format: Panel presentation, with Q&A from audience

Language: English

Duration: 45 minutes

Organized by: TBTI Global
Session 7 @ 15:30 UTC

Hands on deck: New tools for SSF

CABFISHMAN ( aims to create a deep and instilled sense of the importance of sustainability throughout the small-scale fishing sector and the many actors who facilitate fisheries management. Ultimately, CABFISHMAN will create a sustained interest and will drive towards environmental and socio-economic sustainability (blue sustainable economy) across all marine SSF actors in the Atlantic area (EU). CABFISHMAN addresses transnational SSF Atlantic area challenges by providing a set of new tools for SSF able to be transferred and applied worldwide. HOW CABFISHMAN? Understanding the spatial patterns of SSF activity and its interaction with the marine habitats. Assessing the impact of SSF on marine/coastal zones and emphasising the assessment of tradition and cultural values.

Session organizers: CABFishMAN project, Arantza Murillas (AZTI), Estanis Mugerza (AZTI), Mariola Norte (CETMAR), Marta Ballesteros (CETMAR), Rosa Chapela (CETMAR), Mark James (USTAN), Elle Sibthorpe (Mindfullywired), Emma Defew (USTAN)

Chair: Arantza Murillas

Speakers and Moderators:

  • Tania Mendo (USTAN)
  • Estanis Mugerza (AZTI)
  • Paulo Vasconcelos (IPMA)
  • Jorge Manuel dos Santos Gonçalves (UAlg),)
  • David Castilla (UHU)
  • Laura García de la Fuente (UNIOVI)
  • Mark James (USTAN)
  • Arantza Murillas (AZTI)

Format: Live presentations and interactive discussions

Language: English (with Spanish, French and Portuguese participants who can help if needed)

Duration: 90 minutes

Organized by: CABFishMAN project 
Session 8 @ 17:30 UTC

Overcoming challenges in SSF sustainability in Mesoamerica / Superando desafíos en la sostenibilidad de las pesquerías de pequeña escala (PPE) en Mesoamérica

Full title: Small-scale fisheries in the Mesoamerican Reef Region (MAR), overcoming challenges and advancing towards sustainability

The Mesoamerican Reef Region (MAR), is a dynamic complex of coastal and marine protected areas rich in biodiversity shared by four countries: Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. To ensure local livelihoods and the sustainable use of the fishery resources within the MAR, stakeholders from the four countries have joined forces and established the Sustainable Fisheries Network. This is a collaborative and participatory space where authorities, academia, NGOs and fishers come together to discuss opportunities and mechanisms to achieve their goals through an integrated socioecological approach. In our session we will document the major challenges faced by artisanal fisheries and recent initiatives and advances in the MAR.

Chair: Tania Doblado


  • Ana Giró
  • Eloy Sosa 
  • Antonella Rivera
  • Nicanor Requena
  • Raziel Villegas and Juan A. Ramírez Canu

Format: A mix of pre-recorded videos & live presentations

Language: Spanish

Duration: 100 minutes

Organized by: MAR Sustainable Fisheries Network