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"Blue Justice" for Small-Scale Fisheries: The Constructive Agenda

Date: 25 Jan 2019
Time: 13:00 to 14:30

Panel discussion and debate led by high-level fisheries experts: 

Prof Moenieba Isaacs, PLAAS, UWC

Prof Svein Jentoft, UiT- The Arctic University of Norway

Prof Ratana Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland


In November 2018, Kenya hosted the Blue Growth Conference on the continent to promote the blue economy, blue bonds, and blue investments as the next development strategy for African nations. A key link to the blue growth agenda is the sustainability of the oceans through adopting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Key questions in this global debate are:

  • To what extent are blue growth initiatives challenging the existing social structures, power relations, access rights, and rights of small-scale fisheries engaging in livelihoods activities in the same ocean space?
  • To what extent are small-scale fishers part of the debates, discussions and decisions when their fishing grounds are under threat?
  • More importantly, who benefits from the blue growth agenda?

It is time to think about Blue Justice in relation to small-scale fisheries. It is also time to start connecting the key international instruments such as the United Nations FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (2014), the Governance of Tenure (2012), and the Right to Food, to meaningful engagement with small-scale fishing communities to secure access, food and livelihoods. 

PLAAS in partnership with Too Big To Ignore (TBTI; invite debates and discussions about the concept of Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries and making it part of the ‘constructive’ agenda for small-scale fisheries, particularly in light of the envisaged International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2022.

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