August 16, 2021

News and Updates

  • The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress 2022: Announcement & Call for abstracts   
  • TBTI at the MARE 2021: Blue Justice in focus 
  • Blue Justice Alert: Share your story  
  • Don't miss on the opportunity to contribute to two new TBTI books:
    • Book on 'Legal and Policy Frameworks for Small-Scale Fisheries: Global Illustrations'
    • E-book on 'Our connection to life: Perception on Nigeria’s Small-Scale Fisheries'

Announcement & Call for abstracts  
4WSFC - a series of regional congresses   
We are pleased to share with you the announcement for the 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (4WSFC) that will be held in 2022, which is also the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. The 4WSFC is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the world's small-scale fisheries. The purpose of the congress is to facilitate knowledge exchange, foster collaboration, and mobilize support for small-scale fisheries. Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, and recognizing the need to strengthen regional networks and organizations, the 4WSFC will take place in five regions of the world.
4WSFC Asia-Pacific

The first congress in the series will be held in Shizuoka City, Japan, on May 10-13, 2022.  Organized under the theme ‘Building Forward Better,' the 4WSFC Asia-Pacific aims to discuss bold, innovative ideas and strategies needed for small-scale fisheries to rebalance, rebuild and revitalize, following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and climate change, set amidst the current and emerging challenges affecting their livelihoods and wellbeing. The 4WSFC Asia-Pacific will be a hybrid congress, with in-person and virtual sessions.

The abstracts for 4WSFC Asia-Pacific can be submitted now, as individual papers & special sessions. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2021.

For more information about the congress and the call, visit the 4WSFC website. For questions and comments email
Blue Justice Alert Story

The tragedy of the Sundarbans 

By Aishwarya Pattanaik, University of Waterloo, Canada
"I named the painting 'The Calm before the Storm' to portray the state of fear and uncertainty of the small-scale fishers that questions the existence of their livelihoods."
As part of our new 'Blue Justice Alert Stories' initiative, we are inviting small-scale fishers and the wider small-scale fisheries community to send short stories depicting current challenges affecting small-scale fisheries, with a particular focus on social injustice and inequity issues. These stories will be published on our website, incorporated in our Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries – A Global Scan’ e-book’ and recorded in ISSF ‘Blue Justice Alert’ dataset.

The latest story in the series describes the devastating impact of cyclones in Sundarbans, a region that has seen 26 cyclones in the past two decades. The cyclones have created a chain of vulnerabilities in the lives of small-scale fishers, disrupting not only their stability but also the sustainability of the entire ecosystem. To read the full story, CLICK HERE.

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A win for the TBTI Japan book!

TBTI Japan 2020 e-book ‘In the Era Of Big Change: Essays About Japanese Small-Scale Fisheries’, edited by Yinji Li and Tamano Namikawa, won the Publication & Culture Award of the Japanese Association for Coastal Zone Studies. During the awarding ceremony, held on July 27, 2021, the President of the association Professor Tomoya Shibayama said this about the book:

"This book is the first research achievement that systematically captures the role and significance of small-scale fisheries in Japan, with a large number of participating authors; and since it has been published in English, it contributes significantly to international community towards understanding and improving the recognition of the importance of coastal areas."

TBTI Japan Coordinator, Prof. Yinji Li of Tokai University, received the certificate on behalf of the editors. Prof. Li was also recently featured in the Tokai University News where she spoke about the TBTI Japan session ‘Voices of Genba”, organized as part of the ‘SSF Open House’ in June. To read more about these news, CLICK HERE. You can also download the book for free and see why it won the award.

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TBTI at the MARE 2021 conference

On June 28-July 2, 2021, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary marine social science scholars from around the globe gathered, this time through an online platform, for the 11th edition of the MARE People & the Sea Conference, under the theme 'Limits to Blue Growth'.

TBTI had a strong presence at the conference with a number of TBTI members and partners giving talks and organizing sessions. A special session organized by TBTI focused on 'Blue Justice Illustrated: Stories, Theories, Practice'. The session highlighted the TBTI architecture for Blue Justice and showcased a number of cases of ‘Blue Justice’ in small-scale fisheries from around the world, as described in the upcoming TBTI Book in the MARE Series (Springer) titled ‘Blue Justice: Small-Scale Fisheries in a Sustainable Ocean Economy’. The session also invited discussion about what we can do to secure sustainable small-scale fisheries individually and collectively.

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Editors: Julia Nakamura, Ratana Chuenpagdee, and Svein Jentoft
The book aims to clarify the extent to which existing laws, policies, and judicial cases of countries are contributing to, or inhibiting, the implementation of the SSF Guidelines. Some of the questions that will be asked are: What are the relevant laws and policies that matter for securing rights of small-scale fishers and their communities? How do the relevant instruments address the key issues in small-scale fisheries? Which tools, measures and processes are available in the countries to ensure small-scale fishers can claim their rights?
If you would like to contribute to this peer-reviewed book. please submit the abstract to by September 15, 2021. Check our website for details. 

Editors: Akintola, Shehu Latunji, Fakoya, Kafayat Adetoun, Olatoye, Kareem Adebayo, Adeleke, Lydia Mosunmola, Abiodun-Solanke, Ayojesutomi, Areola, Foluke Omotayo and Agunbiade, Imran Adelumola
The book will showcase SSF in Nigeria, with an intention to depict various aspects of this important sector and situate Nigeria’s SSF in the global context. It will reveal the significance of Nigeria’s SSF to the wellbeing, social and economic life of the people in the country, explaining the multiple connections, including to food and nutritional security, ways of life and much more. Further, the book will compare the status of the SSF in Nigeria to on-going fisheries and ocean development in the West Africa region and other African states, as well as globally. Finally, it will illustrate the views of youth in relation to their participation in the future of the SSF sector.

If you would like to contribute to this e-book, please submit the abstract to & by September 15, 2021. Check our website for details.
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