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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

Sudan : MPAs

Building Partnerships

The case of the Red Sea marine fisheries in Sudan shows how fishers’ rights can be strengthened through partnership building, adaptive management and ecosystem approaches


 This article is by Gareth Johnstone (garethmjohnstone@yahoo.co.uk), a PhD from King College who has researched property rights and social capital in Mozambique, and Rouja Johnstone (roujaj@hotmail.com). johnstoneconsult.eu


How small-scale fisheries can best be supported by the international community is an issue that is currently been tackled by the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The task of COFI is to identify international mechanisms that can help sustain small-scale fisheries, and this has been shaped by recommendations made at the Global Conference on Small-Scale Fisheries (4SSF) that took place in Bangkok in October 2008 as well as a series of workshops convened this year in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Bangkok 4SSF Conference highlighted the principles of human rights as a critical factor in achieving sustainable development of small-scale fisheries, and this has recently been reaffirmed in a Civil Society Declaration presented by CoopSoliDar to the FAO at the Costa...

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