TBTI TD workshop held in Punta Cana, Nov 2019

TD ToT training workshop
November 8-10, 2019 | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

TBTI recently held a training workshop in Punta Cana, which coincided with the 72nd annual conference of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI), that took place on 4–8 November 2019. The workshop was part of TBTI 'Training-of-the-Trainers’ transdisciplinary (ToT TD) program, an advanced-level training developed for those who have expertise and experience in interdisciplinary, TD or participatory action research and practice. The purpose of the ToT is to draw from a TD community of practice to develop an online TD learning platform that can be freely accessible by people interested in TD.

The three day-workshop brought together about 20 scholars and practitioners on small-scale fisheries from North America, Central and South America, Europe, and the Caribbean. The training workshop included a number of lectures and group activities, tailored in such a way to expose participants to a range of issues, challenges and concerns related to fisheries and ocean sustainability, especially those affecting small-scale fisheries. The program agenda was set as following: 


  • Introduction to Caribbean perspectives on gender in small-scale fisheries;
  • Unpacking the SSF Guidelines;
  • Unpacking interactive governance and governability; and
  • Understanding and distilling the notion of “Blue Justice” using small-scale fishery case studies from participants' countries.

The overall aim of the workshop was to build transdisciplinarity capacity as a way towards implementation of the SSF Guidelines, as well as to help promote viability of small-scale fisheries, and the overall sustainability of fisheries and ocean.



Ratana Chuenpagdee, Project Director, Too Big To Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada



Maria Pena, Project Officer, Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), The University of the West Indies, Barbados


The workshop was organized by TBTI and the University of West Indies, with the support from FAO and GCFI.