Small-Scale Fisheries Technical Exchange Symposium

2012 World Fisheries Congress
Edinburgh, ScotlandSession Proposal from Ecologists without Borders

Enabling small-scale fisheries and aquaculture to achieve sustainability through the transfer of technology and knowledge

Ecologists Without Borders co-founders Eric Knudsen, Cleve Steward, and Larry Dominguez are convening a one-day symposium to update the understanding of programs and appropriate technologies available to assist in artisanal or small-scale fisheries.

Sponsors: American Fisheries Society, Ecologists Without Borders, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation, and AFS International Fisheries Section.

Keynote Speaker: Valdis Mezainis, Ph.D., Director, International Programs, U.S. Forest Service

All Session Speakers (see first column);

Session Description: Much of the world’s population relies on food from fish captured in small-scale marine and freshwater fisheries or produced by small-scale aquaculture operations. Although the amount of food secured by these activities is somewhat smaller in comparison to large-scale industrial fisheries and aquaculture, it supports significant numbers of people and often dominates the commerce of local communities. The majority of these communities, however, lack the technical capability and/or fiscal resources to ensure that the long-term productive capacity of the stocks being exploited is sustained, and that undesirable environmental impacts are avoided.

This session will highlight current and emerging modes, processes, and partnerships for assisting countries, regions, and local communities in improving their technical capabilities for maintaining and improving small-scale marine and freshwater fisheries, ecosystem health, and economic and social well-being. Previous conferences, such as the 2010 World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, have focused on the variety of technical, social, and economic challenges facing small-scale fishermen and fishing communities. However, insufficient attention has been given to the programs, delivery mechanisms, and content of fisheries science, technology, and knowledge transfer, especially as it helps to achieve future sustainable fisheries and aquaculture.

Presentations will be solicited that focus on the need and opportunities for extending technological assistance and knowledge to support small-scale fishermen, aquaculturists, and associated communities; methods for transferring and applying useful technology and knowledge to ensure a reliable food supply; and case studies illustrating their application under a wide range of societal and environmental conditions. The session will comprise oral presentations, electronic presentations, and posters, organized and subdivided into four broad topical sections:

  • Working With Governments, Stakeholders, and Local Communities to Identify Opportunities for Fisheries Technology Transfer
  • Ecologically and Culturally-Sensitive Approaches to Providing Technological Assistance
  • Defining “Well-Managed Fisheries” in the Context of Food Security, Environmental Sustainability, and Economic Viability
  • Case Programs/Projects/Lessons Learned

The ultimate goal of the session will be to compile a summary of existing programs and especially to identify key gaps in fisheries technology transfer so that specific needs can be identified and addressed by fishery and location.

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