Day V – June 8: Capacity & Prospects

Capacity & Prospects

Situating SSF in today’s sustainability discourse requires creative thinking and novel capacity building approaches that would help prepare SSF communities, governments and all relevant stakeholder groups for the transition. The sessions will showcase best practices in capacity building in the SSF sector from around the world, focusing for instance on adaptive management practices, new positive narratives, inclusive and ethical communication, virtual pedagogy, blended finance approaches, along with modern tools and technological platform to support SSF. An abundance of thought-provoking stories and intriguing cutting-edge content from around the world will be delivered through keynote speeches, plenary presentations, short films, live webinars, videos, and facilitated discussions. There will also be opportunities to connect and build local, national and regional networks to mobilize support for SSF.

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 @ 4:30 UTC

Blue growth for sustainable livelihoods

Organized by: Ocean University of Sri Lanka, MF, SLFSSF, NARA, SLAFAR, NAFSO, MEPA
Session 2 @ 7:00 UTC

Knowledge is power

Topic: Building capacity for sustainable SSF and coastal communities in a post-COVID digital world

  • How can we create tools and virtual spaces to reach different target groups at different levels and across different models of learning?
  • How do we enable learning networks to build capacity in and between communities?
  • What has changed since COVID and how have we tackled this?

Format: Presentations and live panel

Language: English

Duration: 90 min

Session 3 @ 9:00 UTC

Unpacking the SSF Guidelines: Developing guidance and sharing lessons on co-management in Asia

In the context of Chapter 5 of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), which deals with governance of tenure and resource management and co-management, an approach promoting decentralization and participation is recommended to achieve equitable governance outcomes and sustainable development. Co-management is being implemented in various ways in a number of places and there is an increasing body of experiences and lessons learnt. However, there is a lack of more systematic approaches to evaluating co-management performance and impact. This webinar will showcase co-management experiences in selected countries in Asia, discuss lessons learnt, and will present the draft guidebook for evaluation fisheries co-management effectiveness that is being developed by FAO to fill in the gap of a systematic evaluation approach.

Language: English

Format: Webinar

Duration: 90 minutes

Session 4 @ 11:0 UTC

Charting a transdisciplinary future for Canadian SSF

Co-created opportunities are needed to support lives and livelihoods in Canadian small-scale fisheries now and into the future. To discuss those opportunities, the session combines a pre-recorded video and live panel about two inter-related launches: Ocean Frontier Institute Module I’s Getting IT Right Dialogue and an outgrowth research network, Small-Scale Fisheries Canada. To begin, the video will feature diverse voices from across Canada that discuss challenges and opportunities for lives and livelihoods in Canadian small-scale fisheries. Then, the panel will focus in on getting Atlantic Canadian small-scale fisheries right amid the Blue Economy, fisheries governance, and future social-ecological change.

Session lead & moderator: Evan J. Andrews, Ocean Frontier Institute, Memorial University

Panelists: TBD

Language: English

Format: Pre-recorded video and live panel

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: OFI Module I & SSF CAN
Session 5 @ 12:30 UTC

New positive narratives on small-scale fisheries

The power to communicate about small-scale fisheries (SSF) carries a serious responsibility. How can we ensure our communication contributes to positive impacts on fishers, fishworkers and their communities? How can we leverage communication to lift up the voices of the women and men dependent on SSF and contribute to the sector’s dignity? This 90-minute webinar will bring together speakers and panelists from across the globe to discuss this topic. The webinar, held on World Oceans Day, will also delve into a forthcoming guide on inclusive and ethical communication on SSF.

Language: English (possible interpretation in other languages – TBC)

Format: Live panel

Duration: 90 minutes

Organized by: WorldFish, IPC Working Group on Fisheries and EMEDO, IPC Working Group on Fisheries and International Indian Treaty Council, CoopeSoliDar R.L., International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF)
Session 6 @ 14:30 UTC

Reimagine tuna - leaving no one behind

This session will explore how the status quo of the industrial tuna sector can and should be disrupted and replaced by equitable, Sustainable-Development-Goal-aligned, small-scale-fisheries that contribute to food security, poverty alleviation and livelihood security by using sustainable one-by-one fishing techniques. The session will be a mixture of short films showcasing IPNLF’s small-scale-fisheries success stories, followed by presentations from guest speakers discussing the David and Goliath challenges facing small-scale-tuna-fisheries competing with rampant industrialised fisheries. Subjects will include: the equity challenges posed by sustainability certifications, fisheries management and resource allocation and the role of markets in supporting SSF.

Format: Short films, presentations and panel discussion

Duration: 90 min

Session 7 @ 16:30 UTC

Unlocking finance for SSF

Imagine if some of the momentum and resources to achieve countries’ commitments to SDGs, Climate change and blue economy could be leveraged to truly support economic, social, and environmental improvement of SSF and coastal communities. In this dynamic session, facilitated by Future of Fish (FoF), we will explore a new working framework that seeks to build this connection. Our guiding question is: how might SSF leverage these initiatives (resources, expertise, funding) to advance triple impact solutions? And, importantly, how can such connection help engage coastal fishing communities as empowered stakeholders in national initiatives?

Format: Plenary presentation

Duration: 90 min

Organized by: Future of Fish
Session 8 @ 18:30 UTC

Calculating the true cost of safety! Introducing the FISHER project

Fishing is arguably the most hazardous industry in the world. But we don’t actually know just how dangerous it is – and in order to improve safety in this sector, we need more information. And we need your help!  

This presentation will provide an overview of the industry safety situation and will introduce the FISHER Project [].  This program is aimed at capturing, recording and analyzing fishing vessel accident, fatality, and related safety event information, and establishing an accident data management system for the global Fishing Industry. Ultimately this information will be used to develop and promote innovative health and safety interventions, particularly for the small-scale fishing sector. 

Session organizer and presenter: Eric Holliday FISH Safety Foundation

Language: English (no interpretation in other languages)

Format: Live presentation

Duration: 60 minutes

Organized by: FISHER project 
Session 9 @ 20:00 UTC

Women's experiences in implementing the SSF Guidelines

We already know how valuable are SSF for livelihoods globally, nonetheless at least 47%  of their workforce worldwide remain invisible, ignored and unrecognized (IIU). The SSF Guidelines  duty to recognize vital role of women at whole fisheries value chain, will guide this webinar as common point between Mexico and Ecuador, through the own voice of  four fisherwomen working in SFF and making contributions to key aspects of the SSF Guidelines, such as generating climate change knowledge for adapting strategies through  submarine monitoring activities in Mexico and the collective development of responsible food systems in Ecuador.

Language: Spanish

Duration: 90 minutes