Strengthening collaborations on small-scale fisheries research in Latin America and the Caribbean

On February 3 to 5, 2019, several TBTI members met in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to discuss ways of building collaboration between government agencies, researchers, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to address issues and concerns affecting small-scale fisheries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The meeting was hosted by the National Fisheries Institute (Instituto Nacional de Pesca – INP) and coordinated by María José Barragán Paladines, TBTI cluster coordinator, and Nikita Gaibor, Technical Scientific Subdirector of INP.

The group exchanged experiences and lessons in small-scale fisheries management in Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, and discussed the role of the Information System on Small-Scale Fisheries (ISSF), research collaboration, and the transdisciplinary training in enhancing local and regional capacity to implement the SSF Guidelines and to improve the overall fisheries governance in the LAC region.

On February 5, TBTI also held a seminar at the National Ecuadorian Fisheries Institute. The seminar showcased the past and current activities in TBTI, in particular those in Latin America and the Caribbean, drawing lessons from the recent TBTI book on ‘Viability and Sustainability of Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America and The Caribbean’ (Salas et al. 2018). The meeting concluded with a summary of the next steps to develop and implement projects of common interest seeking to have an impact in the viability and sustainability of small-scale fisheries in the LAC region.


Integrantes del proyecto TBTI realizan su planeación estratégica 2019

Written by Minerva Arce-Ibarra (ECOSUR, Mexico). To see the original article in the ECOSUR news, click HERE.


TBTI members at the meeting in Guayaquil. Photo credit: Silvia Salas

Del 3 al 5 de febrero de 2019 colaboradores del proyecto “Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnership for Small-scale Fisheries Research”(TBTI) tuvo su reunión sobre su planeación estratégica 2019 para Latinoamerica y el Caribe.

Entre las principales estrategias acordadas para este año está que TBTI Latinoamérica y Caribe trabajará con las autoridades de pesca y centros de investigación de Ecuador, Colombia y México para promover un ejemplo de la implementación de las “Directrices Voluntarias de Pesca-FAO 2015”.

La reunión tuvo lugar en el Instituto Nacional de Pesca (INP) de Ecuador, ubicado en la ciudad de Guayaquil,  donde su directora general,  Mgtr. Pilar Solís Coello y el doctor Nikita Gaibor, subdirector técnico científico, fungieron como coorganizadores del evento. En este encuentro estuvieron presentes varios miembros del Proyecto TBTI-LAC, incluyendo a Ratana Chuenpagdee, directora de TBTI, Newfounland University, Canadá;  por México, asistieron Minerva Arce de ECOSUR, Silvia Salas del CINVESTAV-Mérida y José María Espinosa del Comunidad y Biodiversidad AC. Además participaron Lina María Saavedra de la Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia, y José María Barragán de la Fundación Charles Darwin- Islas Galápagos, Ecuador.

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