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Social justice for small-scale fisheries

The ‘Blue Economy’ and ‘Blue Growth’ initiatives, which frame the oceans as the new economic and development frontier, have entered the international agenda over the past decade. Although some of these development agendas imply an alignment with social objectives and speak to small-scale fisheries concerns, many are oriented towards further technological innovation, industrialization of the oceans, and commodification of the marine resources. These initiatives pose a potential risk to the livelihoods and wellbeing of small-scale fisheries, as they could affect access to coastal and ocean spaces, fisheries resources, and markets. Therefore, it is essential to push towards a more equitable and just oceans for small-scale fishing, and one way to do this is to enhance knowledge about the current situations, looking at social injustice and inequity issues affecting women and men involved in small-scale fisheries.

With this background, TBTI is calling for contributions from everyone to submit stories and examples of policies, programs, projects, initiatives, regulatory frameworks, as well as other situations that create different types of injustice and inequity in small-scale fisheries, putting them in a disadvantaged and marginalized position. We will compile the stories in an e-book volume, “Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries: A Global Scan”, to be published under TBTI Global Book Series, for a release at the UN Ocean Conference in June 2020. Contributions that are complete, based on the template below, will be included as a stand-alone chapter in the book, and is citable as a non-peer reviewed publication.

How to contribute?

Complete the ‘Social justice for small-scale fisheries’ PDF template as much as you can, along with a picture of a SSF that you’re talking about. Make sure to include your name, affiliation, and email address to gather your contact information.

Please return the complete form to us by email at [email protected] by December 31, 2019.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact.