Category: Fisher Voices

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Worldwide, 500 million people depend on small-scale fisheries for their livelihoods, food security and cultural identities. This global community is made up of thousands of smaller communities, each different from one another with a diversity of experiences of living with the ocean. Yet one thing connects them all: the deepening environmental crisis that is impacting their way of life and further marginalising their communities.

Despite being on the frontlines of this crisis, small-scale fishers’ voices are rarely heard in discussions on how to tackle it. Shedding light on their deep traditional knowledge of the sea and the life that lives within it, as well as their first-hand experience of how the ocean is changing, is vital for understanding climate breakdown and learning how to respond to it.

We believe that small-scale fishers are the unsung heroes of marine conservation and that their stories must be heard. In this blog series, we celebrate the diversity of the world’s fishers, learn about their lives and communities, appreciate their understanding of the ocean, and most importantly, we listen.

Madam Mwanatumu: taking action and advocating for equality

Through action and change for equality The role of women in the fisheries sector cannot be further emphasized as they are key actors and players in forging connections between fishers and the market. While a fisherman’s role may mainly involve...

/ Aug 12, 2021

Mama Hamisi: an inspiration for women in Kenya’s small-scale fisheries

Once a pastry seller, Mama Hamisi is now an octopus gleaner, seaweed farmer, closure area patroller and community steward in Kibuyuni

/ Jun 18, 2021

Voices from Tsimipaika Bay: local solutions to community management

Fisher voices: Madame Véronique and Franklin Velotody share local solutions to marine conservation and explain why it’s so important for their village

/ Jun 11, 2021