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Issue No:57
  • :0973–1121
  • :November
  • :2010
  • :English

Then the fish came alive, with his death in him, and rose high out of the water showing all his great length and width and all his power and his beauty. He seemed to hang in the air above the old man in the skiff. Then he fell into the water with a crash that sent spray over the old man and over all of the skiff.

—from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest  Hemingway


Small and Mighty

The Banjul civil society declaration on sustainable livelihoods in African fisheries was adopted on 21 September 2010 in Banjul, The Gambia

Artisanal/small-scale fishers and associated civil society representatives from 17 African countries met in Banjul, The Gambia, on 21 September 2010, in advance of the meeting of the Conference of African Ministers on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CAMFA) on 23 September 2010.The meeting was organized by the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements (CFFA), the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishery Professional Organizations and the Commonwealth Foundation. This meeting formed part of an ongoing process.


1. Noting previous statements on small-scale and sustainable fisheries made in the:

Kilifi Declaration of Intent (2007);

Civil Society Statements to the Commonwealth Heads of Governments Meeting (2007, 2009)

Bangkok Statement of Civil Society Organizations on Small-scale Fisheries (2008);

Windhoek Commonwealth Civil Society Statement on Sustainable Fisheries Management for Coastal Communities in Southern Africa (2008); and

Port of Spain Communiqué [paragraph 80] (2009);

2. Endorsing the NEPAD Action Plan for Development of Fisheries and Aquaculture adopted in 2005 by...



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