Wednesday, June 26 • 13:00 - 14:30
Ex- Keynote Panel title: Fisheries world-wide

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Chaired by: Scholtens, J. & Bennet, N.

X-Keynote panel 1: Fisheries world-wide
Rashid Sumaila, University of  British Columbia
Moenieba Isaacs, University of the Western Cape
Rolf Willman, FAO
John Kurien, Azim Premji University

This panel revisits and furthers the reflections on the predicament of global fisheries presented over the course of 20 years by four keynote speakers. John Kurien, one of the first keynotes of the MARE conference in 2001, drew attention to the critical distinction between the ‘tropical majority’ and ‘temperate minority’ in the world’s fisheries and argued for ‘reverse collaboration’, questioning neocolonial practices in the global division of ‘who researches whom’. Rashid Sumaila (2011) reviewed the state of West Africa’s fisheries and contrasted this with their vast social, economic and ecological potential, highlighting the unhealthy distribution of fish wealth at both the local and national level. Moenieba Isaacs (2013) concentrated on events in South Africa, where the end of Apartheid (1994) created great expectations, also for the fisheries. However the small-scale sector, where employment is greatest, is currently facing elite capture, rights grabbers, overfishing, and decreased allocations. Rolf Willman (2013), reflecting on his high-stake personal engagements, discussed the developments and processes that had taken place over several decades leading up to the remarkable feature of FAO members adopting in 2014 the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable SSF. This extends to a larger plea for a human rights-based approach in small-scale fisheries and inclusion of the SSF guidelines into the blue economy agenda. This panel reflects on the ongoing relevance of these contributions and aims to discuss its implications for social science researchers in the maritime field and for the possibility for developing alternative visions of future fisheries.

Wednesday June 26, 2019 13:00 - 14:30
REC A1.02 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam