March 2022

News and Updates

  • World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress update
    • 4WSFC Europe: abstract submission extended to April 15
  • Fresh off the press: TBTI book 'Blue Justice: Small-Scale Fisheries in a Sustainable Ocean Economy' 
  • 'Blue Justice Glossary' in three languages
  • Watch the recording: 'Language is Power: How to talk about and act on “Blue Justice” for small-scale fisheries' webinar
4WSFC Europe 
September 12-14, Malta    

The abstract submission deadline extended to April 15!
Don't miss on the opportunity to participate in the 4WSFC Europe - a congress that will provide a platform for an open and forward-looking discussion about the options and opportunities for small-scale fisheries in Europe, including those that may seem unlikely or inconceivable. With many things working for and against small-scale fisheries in Europe nowadays, it is imperative to foster an environment of cooperation among various stakeholders to envision a prosperous future for this sector. Join us in Malta to help imagine both the imaginable and the unimaginable.
For more information about the congress, visit the 4WSFC website.
In recognition of the World Day of Social Justice, TBTI hosted a free webinar on 'Language is Power: How to talk about and act on 'Blue Justice' for small-scale fisheries'. The speakers Svein Jentoft, Milena Arias-Schreiber, and Ratana Chuenpagdee discussed social justice based on the insights from the two recently published TBTI papers on Blue Justice. The papers and the webinar are part of TBTI Blue Justice campaign that calls for more conversation about social justice in order to rectify the marginalized and vulnerable situations that many small-scale fisheries people find themselves in.

For those who have missed the webinar or would like to re-watch it, you can do so by visiting the TBTI YouTube channel. To find out more about the two papers, please visit TBTI website.


Fresh off the press! 

Blue Justice:
Small-Scale Fisheries in a Sustainable Ocean Economy  

Edited by Svein Jentoft, Ratana Chuenpagdee, Alicia Bugeja Said and Moenieba Isaacs

"Through the Blue Justice paradigm, this book flags the relevance of recognizing the potential impact that different factors, including the Blue Economy approach, could bring to fishing communities, their livelihoods, cultural traditions, and other potential multidimensional conflicts. Vulnerability in fishing communities can increase and inequalities can be reinforced at different levels if individuals and community capabilities are not strengthened… A first of its kind, not to be missed, this book is informative, purposeful, and pertinent in an era of change."
Silvia Salas, CINVESTAV, Marine Resources Department, Mérida, Mexico

Under the umbrella of Blue Justice, this book demonstrates the risks associated with not aligning ocean development plans with the global consensus enshrined in the SSF Guidelines. In stressing the importance of policies and institutions that build on the experiences of small-scale fisheries people in the contexts in which they operate, this book draws on case studies of small-scale fisheries from countries on all continents to clarify what Blue Justice entails for small-scale fisheries and make suggestions for real change.

The volume was developed through the TBTI ‘
Blue Justice' initiative and includes case studies from all regions of the world with contributions from 70 authors from multiple backgrounds and disciplines.

Read the chapters and order the book
Addressing Epistemic Blue Injustice
in Small-Scale Fisheries

How to talk about Blue Justice for Small-Scale Fisheries?
Millions of people around the world are highly dependent on small-scale fisheries for livelihood, food provisioning and community well-being. Despite their importance, the voice of small-scale fishers is often dismissed due to epistemic injustice — those in which the capacity of fishers as knowers has been diminished — leading to systemic marginalization. A study of 20 testimonies of injustices results in a glossary of terms that captures testimonial and hermeneutical injustice experienced by small-scale fisheries people. It argues that filling conceptual gaps could help fishers to express their experiences in an effective way, contributing to a better understanding and appreciation of the situation that small-scale fisheries are in. Having their own language to talk about different types of Blue (in)Justice will also enhance local empowerment and mobilize support.

The glossary is based on the recently published paper on “
Blue Justice and the co-production of hermeneutical resources for small-scale fisheries” [Marine Policy, free access], written by Milena Arias Schreiber, Ratana Chuenpagdee and Svein Jentoft.

The glossary is currently available in English, Spanish and Japanese. If you would like to help translate the glossary to other languages, please send us an email at

Read the glossary

Who Owns the Coast? 
Written by Baten et al.

Chapter from the 'Small in Scale, Big in Contributions:
Advancing Knowledge of Small-Scale Fisheries in Bangladesh' e-book

"Saint Martin's Island is the only coral-bearing Island in Bangladesh that has a settlement of traditional small-scale fishers. In recent decades, the island became a tourist hotspot of Bangladesh, leading to competing interests in fisheries and tourism. While the expanding tourism industry helps local fishers in improving their livelihood by creating alternative income opportunities, the negative impacts of unregulated tourism and irresponsible tourist activities are now clearly visible through degradation of coral habitat, environmental pollution, and competition over coastal space between fishers and tourism entrepreneurs. Thus, small-scale fishers face competition in defending the coastal space and surrounding coral ecosystem on which they depend for their livelihoods and well-being. This study calls for restriction measures, such as assessing the carrying capacity of the island and implementing regulations for the protection of islands and surrounding coral ecosystems."
To find out more about the e-book, CLICK HERE.
Read the chapter

Legal Reflections on the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines:
Building a Global Safety Net for Small-Scale Fisheries

New paper by Julia N. Nakamura
The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication heightened the recognition and protection of small-scale fisheries globally. The guidelines are voluntary and non-binding, but does this mean they have no normative significance or legal force? The author argues that the SSF Guidelines hold normative significance and legal force, essentially due to three main reasons: (i) the legitimate process of development and adoption of the guidelines; (ii) the normative content of the provisions; and (iii) their law-making effects at various levels of governance. The guidelines contribute to building a global safety net for small-scale fisheries, which should continue to improve and expand thus securing the sector’s sustainability worldwide.

Julia Nakamura is a PhD candidate at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance (SCELG), University of Strathclyde’s Law School, UK. She is the lead editor of the upcoming TBTI book on 'Unlocking Legal and Policy Frameworks or Small-Scale Fisheries: Global Illustrations.'
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Training at IOI-Canada

Ocean Governance in the UN Decade of Ocean Science:
Key Issues and Challenges
11 April - 2 June, 2022

Online course - Apply Now!

This free webinar-based course will challenge participants from around the world to explore key issues in three core areas of ocean governance -- Law of the Sea, State of the Ocean, and Fisheries, Aquaculture and Food Security -- through a combination of lectures, discussions, videos and readings. Aimed primarily at marine professionals with responsibility for some aspect of coastal and ocean management, the course is offered for both live participation (limited availability due to capped class size) and self-paced study, both with a time commitment of c.24 hours plus required preparation. A certificate will be available for those who complete all the course requirements.

Applicants should check the information on the website, with particular attention to the Schedule and Study Options, and then complete the online application form by 25th March.

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