World Fisheries Day 2023: time to realize small-scale fishers’ rights

November 21, 2023

Small-scale fishers are essential for feeding the world. Still, they are not properly recognized by most governments and institutions. In a context of rising hunger and food insecurity, this cannot be accepted anymore. On World Fisheries Day 2023 the IPC reiterate its call on governments to support SSF communities through dedicated policy actions, in order to give them relief from the pressure of climate change, the fishing industry and the blue economy projects that are pushing artisanal fishers out of their waters. How to change this scenario? The IPC Working Group on Fisheries has some proposals, based on a new People-Centred Assessment on the Implementation of the SSF Guidelines in the Asia-Pacific Region. Today we’re launching this new report and a Call To Cction on governments of the Region. The message is clear: we need Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines to be implemented in a binding way through national laws. Until we don’t get this done, violations and abuses will continue to happen.  



First signatories of the Call To Action (list to be updated)

National Fisheries Solidarity Organization (NAFSO)

World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP)

Sustainable Development Foundation (SDF)

Thailand Fisherfolk Federation Association

Southern Women Fisherfolk Association

COAST Foundation

Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum

International Indian Treaty Council