23rd October

Historic day for small-scale fisheries

Brian O'Riordan, ICSF

Workers in the small-scale fisheries sector throughout the value chain around the world have cause to celebrate. At a meeting in Rome on June 10 of the 31st Session of the FAOs Committee on Fisheries (COFI 31), 116 members (of a total of 143) approved the adoption of the first ever international instrument dedicated to small-scale fisheries.

For over six years, a platform of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) has been actively engaged with FAO and its member states to develop this instrument. These organisations include the World Forum of Fisherpeople (WFFP); the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fishworkers (WFF); the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC) and the International Collective of Fishworkers (ICSF). Together, the two World Forums represent around 70 community-based organisations of small-scale fishers from Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.


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Approximately 90% of the 140 million people engaged in fisheries globally work in the small-scale fisheries sector, predominantly in the Global South. These small-scale fisher people catch half of the world's total catches by volume, and provide over 60% of the fish destined for direct human consumption.

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