Tuesday, June 25 • 09:30 - 11:00
Conference Opening and Keynote Prof. Dr. Svein Jentoft

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Life Above Water: Small-scale fisheries as a human experience
Svein Jentoft

“Life under water” is UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 14, under which small-scale fisheries fall. Yet, most of what is happening in smallscale fisheries, and certainly those things that catch the eye of the social scientist, are taking place above water – on the water and by the water. Small-scale fishers make their living off the fish that swims in the ocean, but they do so with the lives they construct for themselves and with others on land. Therefore, small-scale fishers depend on their communities as much as they depend on their boats and gear. It is as members of communities that fishers acquire the energy, motivation, and meaning they need
to carry out their work. For this reason, the social sciences of fisheries had the community as a unit of analysis. However, fisheries communities are not isolated from what happening outside them. Consequently, as social scientists specializing of small-scale fisheries, we cannot limit ourselves to communities but must broaden our focus to forces at higher scales. Still, I argue that it is important that we do not lose communities out of sight, because if we do, we also lose the sight of small-scale fisheries.

Tuesday June 25, 2019 09:30 - 11:00
Singel 411, 1012 WN Amsterdam Old Lutheran Church / Aula