(WASHINGTON – Feb. 1, 2020) A world coalition of companions working in and with small-scale fisheries has launched the Small-Scale Fisheries Resource and Collaboration Hub, or SSF Hub, a multilingual, interactive on-line platform to strengthen small-scale fisheries governance and group improvement. The launch of the SSF Hub coincides with the annual assembly of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization’s Committee on Fisheries happening this week, and responds to the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (or SSF Pointers) to help the livelihoods of small-scale fishers and fishing communities.
“Fishing is the spine of coastal and inland fisheries communities across the globe, offering meals and diet, supporting fishing-related jobs, serving to alleviate poverty, sustaining a cultural connection to the ocean and freshwater methods, and with an enormous affect on biodiversity,” mentioned Dr. Simon Cripps, government director of Marine Conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society. “The SSF Hub will join fishers and different stakeholders around the globe to be taught from one another, share info and can in the end promote improved well-being, sustainable use of the ocean and improved freshwater and marine nature conservation,” he added.
Small-scale fisheries make many important contributions to wholesome ocean and freshwater ecosystems, meals and diet safety, livelihoods and poverty alleviation worldwide. The SSF Hub fills a important want to assist fishers and fishing communities share their tales and experiences with their friends around the globe and to entry the newest improvements and analysis about small-scale fisheries.
SSF Hub group members can take part throughout 20 languages, and so they can entry on-line dialogue boards, regional and topic-based teams, infographics, sensible instruments to help native decision-making, movies and case research. This allows this world small-scale fisheries group to attach and collaborate like by no means earlier than. The SSF Hub is person pleasant — accessible by way of cellular gadget or laptop — and consists of immediate translation so the group can work together with out language limitations.
“Gaining access to info and experiences from around the globe contributes to the empowerment of small-scale fisheries actors, permitting them to raised interact in or lead decision-making processes about their livelihoods,” mentioned Vera Agostini, deputy director of the Fisheries Division at FAO. “It additionally permits improvement companions to find out about one another’s instruments and experiences and open up alternatives for the form of partnerships and synergies we might want to implement the SSF Pointers.”
“Fishing and aquatic meals are important to assembly our world want for diet and livelihoods,” mentioned Jenny Oates, Information Improvement Supervisor at Blue Ventures. “9 out of 10 full-time and part-time jobs within the fishing business are in small-scale fisheries, and about half of the workforce are girls. Almost all of the fish caught by small-scale fishers is consumed regionally. Small-scale fishers deserve help, and the SSF Hub is a technique we are able to help each other.”
“I admire the Hub as a result of it’s centered on SSF. First time I’ve seen it [a site like this] centered extra on the fisher people,” mentioned Mario Gasalatan, NGO guide and fisher consultant from Cebu Metropolis, Philippines.
The SSF Hub was designed for and with fishers, fish staff and their communities and allies by way of a participatory course of, with the aim of empowering them to share information and be taught from each other. Over 100 folks from 19 totally different international locations — representing fisher organizations, conservation teams and knowledgeable advisers — have offered enter all through the Hub’s improvement. This worthwhile collaboration has led to the creation of SSF options reminiscent of forums the place customers can talk on subjects of curiosity, share tales and ask questions. Hub guests may entry a library of resources containing case research, administration instruments, free on-line programs and different supplies from FAO, NGOs and others. The SSF Hub might be constantly up to date with the newest in SSF-friendly know-how, analysis and successes.
“By means of the Hub, the SSF group is taking yet another necessary step towards constructing capability worldwide to handle fisheries sustainably in order that communities can thrive regardless of the various challenges they face — from local weather change to COVID to meals and diet safety,” mentioned Eric Schwaab, senior vp for EDF Oceans and Ecosystems packages. “The SSF Hub is designed to offer fishers the instruments they should succeed towards these and different challenges.”
The SSF Hub can help supply of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which embrace ending poverty, lowering inequality, defending the planet and making certain well being and well-being. Small-scale fisheries are important to reaching many of those objectives, together with serving to to alleviate poverty, set up meals safety, help good well being and diet and supply financial safety to tens of millions of individuals. Recognizing the function of small-scale fisheries in supporting thriving communities and in reaching the SDGs is a vital pathway towards a extra sustainable future for all.
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