Transdisciplinary Fisheries Sciences for Blue Justice: The Need to Go Between, Across and Beyond

Panel organizers:

Milena Arias Schreiber,

School of Global Studies,

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Ratana Chuenpagdee,

Department of Geography,

Memorial University, Canada

Session synopsis:

Transdisciplinary research has been brought forward as a means to solve and mitigate real-world problems including fisheries. Scientists who are interested in ‘transdisciplinary’ research will present their ideas about how to bridge gaps by going between, across and beyond disciplines in working towards ‘blue justice’ for ocean users and sustainability. In this special session, we want to explore the reasons for the lack of transdisciplinarity, the challenges and lessons to apply it, and how this affects fisheries and ocean sustainability under the Bluegrowth agenda, especially how it may exacerbate the marginalization of small-scale fisheries.

Session 1:

Chair: Ratana Chuenpagdee

Panel introduction: Milena Arias Schreiber “The role of transdisciplinarity in socially just and sustainable fisheries”



Session 2:

Chair: Milena Arias Schreiber



Blue Justice for small-scale fisheries in the context of fishing opportunities and markets: A lens for SDG14b

Panel organizers:

Alicia Said, AMURE,

Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM),

Brest, France

Jose Pascual-Fernández

Universidad de La Laguna,

Instituto de Investigación Social y Turismo

Session synopsis:

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has raised the profile of small-scale fisheries through SDG14b, a target that calls for the provision of ‘access of small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets’. Considered as a historic moment for small-scale fisheries, their recognition in the SDGs is an important milestone that sets an important focus on how such target ought to be achieved. Reaching this milestone requires overhauls in governance structures and management systems that have traditionally favoured other segments of the fishing fleets, mainly industrial and large-scale fisheries supposedly more “efficient”. This is particularly relevant in the era of “Blue Growth” that in many of its formulations exclude fisheries, and particularly small-scale fisheries (SSF), privileging new sectors, potentially increasing the challenges for SSF. Hence, achieving access to fishing opportunities and markets, a.k.a. SDG14b, would require adjustments in resource governance and fisheries management systems in all sectors, and development programs that embed concepts like human rights, social justice and equity as key elements of what we refer to as Blue Justice. In this session, we seek to provide case studies from around the world to showcase the governance challenges and opportunities concerning the planned or accomplished implementation of SDG14b, along with lessons about the importance of focusing strongly on the issues and concerns related to SSF as we strive to achieve the overall SDGs. The session invites experts from different regions to bring together a global discussion on governance transformations in the broader picture to decipher challenges and inform new policies that bring about blue justice in ocean and resource governance.



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