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Issue No:65
  • :ISSN 0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2013
  • :English

The blue sea had over it the mystery of the darkness of the

night; the high noon sun had lost its fiery vigour and shone

with the pale yellow splendour of a full moon. All around me,

before and on either hand, was a waste of waters; the very air

and earth seemed filmed with moving water, and the sound

of falling waters was in my ears.

— from The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker

Report / SSF Guidelines

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An update on the recent Technical Consultation on the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries


This report has been written by Chandrika Sharma (icsf@icsf.net), Executive Secretary, ICSF


The Technical Consultation (TC) on International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines), organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 20 to 24 May 2013, in Rome, Italy, was well attended. There were delegations from 68 countries and the European Union (EU).

Also represented was the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, as well as observers from six intergovernmental organizations.

There was a substantial 37-member-strong civil society delegation, with men and women from 18 countries, representing the civil society organization (CSO) platform comprising the World Forum of Fish Harvesters and Fish Workers (WFF), the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP), the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), and the International Planning Committee on Food Sovereignty (IPC). Included in the CSO delegation were several small-scale and artisanal fishermen and...

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