TBTI Dialogue – Towards the year 2022

TBTI DIALOGUE is an online forum that serves as a way to facilitate discussions about some of the most pertinent issues for small-scale fishing people and their livelihoods. 

Small-scale fisheries provide food for billions of people and livelihoods for millions. Yet these services are being affected by factors such as ineffective governance, inequitable fishing rights, climate change and competition for space and resources with large-scale industrial fisheries and other sectors. In many instances, social, policy and governance transformations have taken place in response, but these are not always favorable to small-scale fisheries.

TBTI has been conducting research and building capacity that enhances knowledge and understanding about all aspects of small-scale fisheries in order to reduce their marginalization, promote their wellbeing, and improve governance. We argue for a more inclusive approach to sustainable development by incorporating issues and concerns facing small-scale fisheries more centrally in the discussion about the future and ways forward.

Building on these efforts and our past events, such as the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, TBTI will continue working on finding feasible and innovative solutions to make fisheries sustainable. This includes looking for ways to support implementation of the SSF Guidelines and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. These endeavors will lay the foundation for greater coordination across the sector leading up to the Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021–2030 and the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022.

Interested in contributing to this online forum?


Read the three question and simply submit your comment in the 'Comment section' of this page by June 1, 2019. 

You can answer all or only some of the three questions. The comments will be posted on the website, included in the forum summary available online, and be used to guide the TBTI strategic meetings in June 2019. 

For further information, contact us at toobigtoignore@mun.ca.

We need your input

In order to achieve these goals, TBTI depends of input from our members, supporters and anyone else with an interest and passion for small-scale fisheries. Specifically, we are interested in your answers to the three following questions:

1. What are the most pressing concerns for today's small-scale fisheries?

2. What is your experience with the issue of social justice in small-scale fisheries? If applicable, feel free to share your perspective on how the blue economy agenda is taking shape in your country.

3. What would you like to see being achieved in the small-scale fisheries sector for International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022?

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