Join us on November 26, 2019

This November, Too Big To Ignore, the Ocean Frontier Institute and the On The Move Partnership are joining forces to celebrate World Fisheries Day by hosting a public event entitled: ‘Towards Zero Waste in Our Fisheries’. The event will focus attention on reducing waste – of fish through full utilization and of human/social capacity and creativity by reducing gender inequality, acknowledging the critical role women play in fisheries (see report).

About the event

This is a free event, opened to public.

The event aims to raise awareness and promote full utilization of both natural and human resources towards fisheries sustainability, gender equality and food security. Staying true to the spirit of World Fisheries Day, this event promotes the value of fisheries, in particular small-scale fisheries, to the economic, environmental, and social well-being of our province.

As in previous years, we will showcase aquatic-related research and educational materials and highlight how local fish and seafood and equitable fisheries can be part of healthy lifestyles and viable communities. Throughout the event, we will feature local initiatives and organizations that work towards creating progressive and sustainable practices for our ocean and fisheries.

About the panel

The second part of the event is reserved for a panel that will encourage conversation and discussion about zero waste in Newfoundland and Labrador’s fisheries from the standpoint of women involved in diverse aspects of fisheries. Panelists will share their reflections on how to minimize fish waste through fuller utilization of fish and the waste of human resources and creativity by promoting gender equality.

100% Fish Recipe Contest

Come taste delicious fish dished as part of our ‘100% Fish Recipe Contest’ and vote for the best! The ‘100% Fish Recipe 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.

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 workers (1).

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.

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