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Happy World Oceans Day 2020!

On World Oceans Day 2020, OFI Module I celebrated the contribution of small-scale and inshore fisheries to ocean sustainability!

OFI Module I joined forces with its partner Too Big To Ignore and other organizations from around the globe to celebrate the contribution of small-scale fisheries to ocean sustainability and innovation! 'Small is Bountiful' was a week-long series of online events that brought attention to the importance of small-scale fisheries, celebrated their contributions, and facilitated a dialogue about an inclusive, equitable and just development of the ocean.

From June 1-5, we live-streamed webinars on pressing issues such as the impacts of COVID-19 on small-scale fisheries, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and specifically SDG 14.b. We also discussed the use of a Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) for implementing the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines and called for Blue Justice for small-scale fisheries. On June 8, World Oceans Day, we took participants around the globe in 24 hours for a series of online panel discussions and an exciting art festival! The discussion about ocean sustainability brought together a team of experts from across the world, including OFI Module I speakers and panellists Drs. Ratana Chuenpagdee, Gerald Singh, Courtenay Parlee, Megan Bailey, and Prateep Nayak.


The 'Small is Bountiful' event series was organized by OFI Module I and partners and was live-streamed on TBTI's YouTube channel. If you missed it, you can still watch the recordings online by clicking on the links below!

#SmallisBountiful #WorldOceansDay #SSF

A webinar series from June 1-5, 2020

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People, COVID-19 & Beyond: Impacts, Adaptation, & Innovation among Small-Scale Fisheries 


June 1, 2020 | 09:30 am NDT | Online 

Speakers: Ratana Chuenpagdee (TBTI/OFI, Canada); Marianne Manuel (Dakshin Foundation, India); Jenny Oates (Blue Ventures, UK); Cristina Pita (University of Aveiro, Portugal); Josh Stoll (Local Catch Network, USA); Maria Jose Espinoza (COBI, Mexico)

The session will provide an overview of how small-scale fisheries around the world are being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It will further explore the social, environmental, political, and technological innovations and adaptations that small-scale fishers and fish workers in low- and high-income countries are using to cope and recover from the ongoing crisis. Finally, it will discuss opportunities and risks for small-scale fisheries in a post-COVID world. #COVID19


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Leave No One Behind: Challenges & Opportunities in Implementing SDG Target 14.b.

June 2, 2020 | 09:30 am NDT | Online 

Moderator: Josh Stoll (Local Catch Network, USA); Speakers: Sofie Gry Fridal Hansen (DIHR, Denmark); Alicia Said (MCAST, Malta); Cristina Pita (University of Aveiro, Portugal); Joe Zelasney (FAO, Italy)

Arguing from a human rights perspective, the webinar will first illustrate how human rights data can help identify challenges and opportunities when states implement SDG target 14.b on access of small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets, including the commitment by states to leave no one behind. Next, the webinar will discuss challenges and opportunities in implementing SDG target 14.b with examples from the North and the South. #SDG14b

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Small-Scale Fisheries as a Nexus of SDGs to Ensure a Future we Want

June 3, 2020 | 09:30 am NDT | Online

Moderators: Pip Cohen (WorldFish, Malaysia); Lena Westlund (FAO consultant, Sweden); Speakers: Gerald Singh (Memorial University & the Nippon Foundation Nereus Program, Canada); Margaret Nakato (World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers); Mele Ikatonga Tauati (Pacific Islands small-scale fisheries professional); Paul Onyango (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

Experts will speak on the key opportunities to work with small-scale fisheries (SSF) to progress multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) amidst three imminent transformations: food system transformation, Blue Economy and climate change. These speakers will also provide compelling arguments on known risks that sustainable and equitable development will face if the rights, values and flexibility of SSF are eroded. #SDGs

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From Words to Action: Using the SSF Guidelines and Human Rights for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries 

June 4, 2020 | 09:30 am NDT | Online

Moderator: Manas Roshan (ICSF, India); Speakers: Sofie Gry Fridal Hansen (DIHR, Denmark); Md. Mujibul Haque Munir
(COAST Trust, Bangladesh); Jesu Rethinam (National Fishworkers Forum, India); Vivienne Solis Rivera (CoopeSoliDar, Costa Rica); Suzanne Kuria (AWFISHNET, Tanzania)


This webinar will explore how applying the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) can advance the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF Guidelines), and what this means in the context of small-scale fisheries and their sustainability. Good practices will be showcased and concrete examples presented by those directly involved and driving change. #SSFGuidelines

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Small-Scale Fisheries for Blue Justice: Why and How?

June 5, 2020 | 09:30 am NDT | Online

Moderators: Ratana Chuenpagdee (OFI/TBTI, Canada); Alicia Said (MCAST, Malta); Speakers: Moenieba Isaacs (PLAAS, South Africa); Prateep Nayak (University of Waterloo, Canada); Julia Nakamura (University of Strathclyde, UK); Svein Jentoft (The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)


The session invites reflections on the Blue Justice concept, which calls for a critical examination of how small-scale fisheries are coping in the blue economy, and whether they achieve justice relative to other ocean users, including industrial fisheries and coastal/marine tourism, aquaculture or energy production. It also aims to explore strategies, opportunities and synergies, which may make small-scale fisheries more resilient and robust. #BlueJustice

A 24-hour, around the world event on June 7-8, 2020


Small is Bountiful: A 24-hour around the world event

June 7-8, 2020 | Online

09:00 p.m. NDT What's New in Small-Scale Fisheries in Oceania?
11:30 p.m. NDT Coping with Risks and Vulnerability in Asia

02:00 a.m. NDT African small-scale fisheries in the time of COVID-19: Voices from the continent

04:30 a.m. NDT Secured Access for Small-Scale Fisheries: Reality or Dream?

07:00 a.m. NDT Small-Scale Fisheries as a Nexus of SDGs

09:30 a.m. NDT SSF Guidelines and Human Rights for Small-Scale Fisheries

12:00 p.m. NDT Why Blue Justice and How?

02:30 p.m. NDT People, COVID-19 and Beyond: A Global Perspective

05:00 p.m. NDT COVID-19 & SSF in the Caribbean: Impacts, Solutions & Adapting to an Uncertain Future

07:30 p.m. NDT COVID-19 & Small-Scale Fisheries in Latin America (ES & PT)

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