What will you be doing on the World Fisheries Day 2017?

Join us in celebrating the World Fisheries Day on November 21, 2017


For the third year in a row, Too Big To Ignore - Global Partnership for Small-Scale Fisheries Research is marking the World Fisheries Day with a public event at the TBTI headquarters in St. John’s, Newfoundland. This year's event ‘Innovation for Sustainable Fisheries & Sustainable Communities’ will center around the themes of fisheries, sustainability, and innovation.


The World Fisheries Day celebration in 2017 will promote the value of fisheries, in particular, inshore fisheries, to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our province and build a case that we cannot have a sustainable province without sustainable fisheries. Further, the event is organized to encourage conversation and discussion about the types of innovation e.g. social, market, technological and governance that could lead to fisheries sustainability in Newfoundland.


World Fisheries Day 2017 will also showcase aquatic-related research and education, including interactive information booths by fisheries and ocean-related organizations and TBTI members, partners and friends; students’ exhibition; and photo and video displays.

The audience will also have a chance to participate as a contestant at the ‘Fish Taco Contest’ or come taste delicious homemade fish tacos and to vote for their favourite. Altogether, these activities will contribute to highlight how local fish and seafood can be part of healthy lifestyles and viable communities.

A panel discussion will conclude the event, celebrating the tradition of Newfoundland's inshore fisheries in modern times. The panelists will also discuss the opportunities for achieving sustainable fisheries through social innovations and other innovations in gear, technology, market, and business.


Why World Fisheries Day?

The origin of World Fisheries Day is linked with the establishment of the World Fisheries Forum (WFF), an international fisher’s organization. Established in 1997, WFF was founded on the common principles of sustaining fishing communities, sustaining the fisheries, social justice, and preserving the cultural history of fish harvesters and fish workers1.

Each World Fisheries Day is an opportunity to reflect on the ever-increasing knowledge about fishing, fishers, coastal communities, and the status of the oceans and the fish stocks. For fishers, this is another way to highlight the issues facing the sector and send a message about the value of their work. For the rest of us, it is a day to celebrate our oceans and the people whose livelihoods depend on it. By organizing and participating in the events linked to the World Fisheries Day, we can show our support to fishers as well as promote sustainable fisheries and viable communities.


Join us at the event!

The event will be held on Tuesday, November 21, from 5-9 pm at Bruneau Center, Memorial University, St. John’s. This is a free event, opened to all public. Come and learn more about the work that has been done by TBTI, its members, partners, and friends. Participate in the discussion about opportunities for achieving sustainable fisheries and sustainable communities through innovation.

Come taste delicious homemade fish tacos as part of our 'Fish Taco Contest' and vote for the best! The Fish Taco contest derives from the TBTI ‘Great Fish for a Change’ and ‘Great Fish Recipe Challenge’ initiatives. Participate and show your support for the viability and sustainability of inshore fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador.




Celebrate World Fisheries Day wherever you are!

For those who cannot participate at the event in St. John's but would still like to mark the World Fisheries Day, join us in celebrating small-scale fisheries and fishing communities in your location. You can, for instance, run a ‘Great Fish for a Change' or a “Great Fish Recipe Challenge’, or organize a public meeting, workshop, exhibition etc. Send us a note about your event and we will announce it through our website and social media.


Don’t forget to use #WorldFisheriesDay to spread the word around.
Let’s make this day a true celebration of small-scale fisheries!



1) Parravano, P. (2015). Celebrating World Fisheries Day. Retrieved October 16, 2016 from http://www.ifrfish.org/celebrating-world-fisheries-day/