Too Big to Ignore draws focus to small-scale fisheries at the World Seafood Congress
Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee’s Too Big to Ignore (TBTI) small-scale fisheries network had a strong presence at this year’s World Seafood Congress in St. John’s earlier this fall.
Members of the network co-organized a special session with Ecology Action Centre, an NGO based in Halifax, Nova Scotia entitled “Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries: Implications and Implementation of the FAO Guidelines”. This session, chaired by Dr. Chuenpagdee, discussed the implications of the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is developing, with a focus on local fishing communities, fishing industries and governments worldwide. Panel members Dr. Yvette Diei-Ouadi (FAO), Adam Soliman (The Fisheries Law Centre, Vancouver), Dr. Easkey Britton (TBTI Partnership and MARE Centre, Amsterdam), and Katie Schleit (Ecology Action Centre) also discussed how to implement the guidelines internationally.
Dr. Chuenpagdee also participated in a radio interview on the CBC Fisheries Broadcast during the conference. She talked about the importance of context in understanding small- and large-scale fisheries, and noted that small-scale fisheries and their benefits are often neglected. Dr. Chuenpagdee also discussed some upcoming research focused on small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. You can listen the entire interview on the CBC Fisheries Broadcast by clicking on the link: http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Newfoundland/Fisheries+Broadcast/ID/2409877687/
In addition to these activities, TBTI also hosted the “Slow Fish – Light Bites” event, in conjunction with the Ecology Action Centre, the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (foodsecuritynews.com) and Slow Fish Canada to introduce the ‘Slow Fish’ concept to the province, and to discuss the importance of accessing local sustainable seafood in the region. The event also raised public awareness about the role of local small-scale fisheries and the sustainability of small-scale fisheries in Newfoundland and Labrador. You can learn more about the event here.