With Too Big To Ignore (TBTI), we at SAFRN are organizing a symposium at the IMCC 2016 on “Conservation and stewardship in small-scale fisheries: Practices and lessons from around the world” (abstract below). We would love to have you submit your abstract by March 7, if you have any insight/experience studying the impacts of small-scale fisheries on ecosystems and/or the role of small-scale fishing communities in conservation. 
The conference will be in beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland, where TBTI is based.   There is a possibility for TBTI to provide partial funding to 2 or 3 participants; to be considered for this, applicants need to:
1. Submit an abstract to this session
2. Fill the 2 rapid appraisal templates for TBTI’s “Small-scale fisheries and Stewardship” Research Cluster: Template 1, Template 2 (more info on the research cluster here)
3. Fill the “20 questions” template for TBTI’s Information System on Small-scale Fisheries.  Downloadable template or on ISSF
This should be a fantastic session with important perspectives on how to manage the interface between small-scale fisheries and conservation.  Please comment below with any questions!


Conservation and stewardship in small-scale fisheries: Practices and lessons from around the world

  • Organizers: T.S. Whitty, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; R. Chuenpagdee, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s
  • ID: SY33

The importance of small-scale fisheries to food security, livelihoods, and well-being of millions of people globally is highly recognized. However, their interactions, both positive and negative, with ecosystems and the resulting implications for conservation are not thoroughly understand. Research generally focuses on the negative impacts of these fisheries on ecosystems, rather than on the positive roles these fisheries could play in conservation and stewardship. Ecological impacts of small-scale fishing, while not always thoroughly researched, are considered to be high. This presumption frequently leads to decisions about conservation that not only affect the viability of small-scale fishing communities, but also impede their participation as stewards of resources and marine ecosystem. This session calls for (1) studies that illustrate impacts of small-scale fishing in ecosystems, and (2) examples of how small-scale fisheries contribute to improving resource sustainability and ocean health, as well as lessons about stewardship practices that they engage in. Ultimately, the session aims to broaden the discourse about the role of small-scale fisheries in marine conservation, based on empirical evidence, and to engage in discussion about marine resource governance that enables contribution of small-scale fisheries in conservation and stewardship as a means to address global concerns in marine ecosystems.

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