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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

Report : SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES

Beyond Bangkok

A recent civil society workshop in Costa Rica brought to the fore issues confronting small-scale fishers in Latin America


This report is based on inputs from Vivienne Solís Rivera (vsolis@coopesolidar.org), Patricia Madrigal Cordero, Marvin Fonseca and Annete Fishchel of CoopeSoliDar R.L, and from notes provided by ICSF Members Naína Pierri, René Schärer and Juan Carlos Sueiro


The Global Conference on Small-scale Fisheries (4SSF), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2008 launched what has become known in civil society circles as the ‘Bangkok process’. Prior to this, a preparatory workshop organized by the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) in Siem Reap, Cambodia, in May 2007, highlighted that “responsible fisheries can be assured only if human rights of fishing communities, including the right to decent work and labour standards and human development, are secure” (see “Asserting Rights, Defining Responsibilities”, SAMUDRA Report No. 47, July 2007). That assertion placed the human rights of fishing communities centre stage in the debate on rights-based approaches to fisheries and the responsible and sustainable...

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