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Securing a just space for small-scale fisheries in the blue economy

The vast development opportunities offered by the world’s coasts and oceans have attracted the attention of governments, private enterprises, philanthropic organizations and international conservation organizations. High-profile dialogue and policy ...

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Special events: IRRI-IWMI-WorldFish five-year tripartite agreement

Three CGIAR Centers come together on research collaboration in accelerating the global food system transformation aligned with the CGIAR 2030 Plan.

Leaders from International Rice Research Institute, International Water Management Institute and WorldFish signed a five-year tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 9th April 2019.

Through this agreements and collaborations, the centers aim to address future sustainability not on single technology but through intersection around food system particularly in Southeast Asia where rice, water, and fish have a direct impact on the livelihood of the farmer but also managing the environmental impact.

WorldFish Director General Dr. Gareth Johnstone shared that the multi-agency partnership provides a strategic push for wider research, promotion, and implementation of integrated rice-fish systems and builds on previous successes of WorldFish and its partners.

Read more on IRRI, WorldFish, and IWMI commit to a food system transformation in Southeast Asia here.

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Los Banos Laguna
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
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FISH events: Visioning for a Learning Hub of Excellence

WorldFish researchers from Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and partner organization, James Cook University are meeting next week at the Nusa Tupe Research Station in Western Province of Solomon Islands.

For 20 years, WorldFish research in the Solomon Islands has sought to improve the performance of fisheries and aquaculture for food security and human wellbeing. Insights from this work are shared across the Pacific region.

In this week meeting, FISH Flagship Leader Sustaining Small-Scale Fisheries, Dr. Phillippa Cohen, and WorldFish Country Director Solomon Islands, Dr. Delvene Boso together with a team of researchers will be gathered in Solomon Islands Nusa Tupe research station to refine and further develop plans of the four major research pillars that fall under the FISH CRP: 

  • Nutrition-sensitive approaches to fisheries management and value chains
  • Gender-inclusive community-based, co-management of fisheries resources
  • Resilient and equitable fish-based livelihoods to reduce poverty and improve nutrition
  • Building adaptive capacity in the face of climate change

The Nusa Tupe station brings the organization's global mission - to improve livelihoods and food security through fisheries and aquaculture - to sea in the Solomon Islands.

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Nusa Tupe Research Station
Solomon Islands
Monday, March 25, 2019 to Friday, March 29, 2019
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WorldFish Webinar: Gender Equity & Equality in the Small-scale fisheries Guidelines

Gender Equity & Equality in the Small-scale fisheries Guidelines - Indicators for Governance Capacity & Capability

Webinar organized by TBTI, GAFS and WorldFish. 


Effective implementation of the gender aspects of the Small-scale fisheries (SSF) Guidelines will require fisheries governing institutions that have the capacity and capability to integrate gender research and best practices in their policy and practice.

At GAF7, TBTI hosted a workshop to identify gender integration capacity and capability indicators for fisheries institutions. Together we identified 40 indicators that were grouped into 8 themes (please see the report below for further details).

The purpose of this webinar is to summarize the findings of the workshop and then to continue to define and refine indicators and measures that can be used in multiple contexts.

The expected outcome of the webinar will be a set of indicators and measure that can be used by academics and practitioners to assess the gender capacity and capability of their national fisheries institutions.


APRIL 16th 2019, TUESDAY - Noon (UTC)

To join this webinar, click on the April 16th LINK.

April 17th 2019, WEDNESDAY - 9 PM (UTC)

To join this webinar, click on the April 17th LINK.


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About the Speakers:

Dr. Danika Kleiber is a Research Fellow in Governance of small scale fisheries at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and WorldFish. Danika has woven together her background in women’s studies and biology, which has led her to specialize in socio-ecological research approaches to natural resource management. She is particularly interested in applied research related to gender, small-scale fisheries, and participatory governance. Danika is also one of the coordinators of the TBTI 'Women & Gender' research cluster.

Dr. Katia Frangoudes is a senior researcher of political sciences. She obtained her PhD at the University of Paris in 1992. Since then she participated in many research programs related to fisheries and aquaculture governance, and women’s contribution in fisheries in Europe as a member of the research team of the UMR AMURE at the University of Brest. For many years she acted as a facilitator of the European fisher’s women network AKTEA. Katia is also one of the coordinators of the TBTI 'Women & Gender' research cluster.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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Situating human rights in the context of fishing rights: Contributions and contradictions

Human rights have become a salient topic in fisheries governance. This paper clarifies key terms involved in a human rights-based approach as they pertain to fishing rights. Four conceptual tension between human rights and fishing rights are discussed. ...

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Global conference: Our Ocean 2019

Learning, Sharing, Acting

The oceans are under threat from the effects of climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity and unsustainable use. Our future depends on clean and healthy oceans, where production and protection go hand in hand. At the sixth Our Ocean conference, to be held in Oslo in October, it will highlight the importance of knowledge as the basis of human actions and policies to ensure sustainable future economic growth.

Area of Action

Within the six Areas of Action below, the Our Ocean conference is seeking solutions through policy, governance, technology and finance:

  • Marine Protected Areas and Other Area-Based Management Measures
  • Climate change
  • Sustainable fisheries
  • Marine pollution
  • Sustainable blue economy
  • Maritime security
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 to Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Special events: 2nd Expert Group Meeting

High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy

The 2nd Expert Group Meeting which will take place in Abu Dhabi is a unique group of world leaders committed to developing, catalyzing and supporting solutions for ocean health and wealth in policy, governance, technology and finance.

WorldFish Honorary Fellow Eddie Allison has been invited to join the 2nd Expert Group Meeting of the High-level Panel.

The urgency of the Panel’s work is driven by the knowledge that failure to take rapid action on marine pollution, overfishing, climate change and habitat loss will lead to failure to realize the SDG vision of a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable future.

The Panel is inclusive and transparent and believes that we are stronger when we work together. It will collaborate closely with governments, Ocean industries and the financial sector to develop a set of recommendations that are rooted in science and informed by the work of many, with Panelists focused on triggering, amplifying and accelerating action at the most senior levels of government and business.

The High Level Panel is working to:

  • Catalyze, develop and support solutions for Ocean health and wealth
  • Establish a new global contract between the sea and humanity
  • Leverage the implementation of SDG 14 and all SDGs
  • Amplify the voice of vulnerable coastal and island communities reliant on the Ocean
  • Highlight the value-creation potential of balancing economic production and Ocean protection
  • Harmonize and multiply the impact of multiple Ocean initiatives
  • Champion a roadmap for building a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
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United Arab Emirates
Sunday, March 3, 2019
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Strengthening and scaling community-based approaches to Pacific coastal fisheries management in support of the New Song

In the small island developing states of the Pacific, catching, trading and eating fish are central to the way of life and local and national economies. Local and external pressures on marine resources, and high reliance on fisheries as a livelihood, mean ...

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The big data supporting small-scale fisheries research

In this animated audio clip, bioinformatics researcher Shaun Wilkinson explains the data tool behind WorldFish's winning proposal for the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture's 2018 Inspire Challenge. ...

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Global conference: Towards an inclusive blue economy

International Institute for Environmental and Development (IIED) will host an international event to discuss how to develop a marine economy that is fair and sustainable that will bring together ocean experts, policymakers, fisheries associations, business and civil society representatives and stakeholders to consider strategies for developing national economies that protect marine resources and people's livelihoods and make sure that the benefits of the ocean are shared equitably.

Join FISH CRP Independent Steering Committee Member Editrudith Lukanga talks on "Winners and losers: what fiscal tools can make fisheries work for the environment and people?" where she will be sharing her thoughts on 10 important questions during the 2nd day of events. Lena Westland of FAO will also be presenting on the Illuminating Hidden Harvests research that is being led by WorldFish, FAO and Duke University.

Marine and coastal ecosystems provide a range of critical services reaching across supply chains, from food, biodiversity and culture to regulate important functions such as carbon sinks, climate regulation and flood protection. Despite this, they are a resource under threat from over exploitation.

One of the most critical governance challenges is the lack of understanding of the benefit generated from these ecosystems. When it comes to knowing the part small-scale fisheries play in this picture, for example, their contribution is often undervalued and overlooked, compared with the rest of the sector. As a result, they receive minimal attention from policymakers and minimal investment, if any, which often leads to unsustainable activities.

By linking local practices, national policies and international aspirations, we can create a blue economy that supports people and ecosystems to thrive.

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United Kingdom
Monday, February 25, 2019 to Tuesday, February 26, 2019
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