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  1. Traditional Fishers Photo by Geoff Arbourne

    EU Fisheries Agreements

    • Elyse Mills , Astrid Rinder Alexandersen, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen, Zoe Brent, Timothé Feodoroff, Jennifer Franco
    09 November 2017
    Report

    Small-scale fishing communities worldwide are suffering from the impacts of increased global trade in fish products, dwindling fish stocks, climate change, and environmental degradation.

  2. How Seaspiracy misses the big picture

    Mads Barbesgaard, Zoe Brent, Carsten Pedersen, Daniel Boston
    23 May 2021
    Article
    Seaspiracy vividly describes the speed and scale of extraction of natural resources from the oceans, but fails to investigate the underlying economic power and interests of specific actors in maintaining or even deepening the problems. Its limited analysis leads it to a limited conclusion: change consumer behaviour, change the world. But if we want to transform our relationship to the oceans and ocean resources, we need to confront and challenge theses powers – and that means political actions that go well beyond changing consumer patterns.
  3. Migration and fisheries

    Zoe Brent, Thibault Josse
    03 July 2020
    Article

    How do we make sense of the diverse realities that exist at the intersection of migration and fisheries in Europe? This brief article is an initial attempt to understand the different ways that people who migrate interact with the European fisheries sector, and to contextualise this question by providing some background about the structural changes in the European fisheries sector which may shape who migrates, who fishes and under what conditions.

  4. A landscape of ocean and land-control grabbing in Northern Tanintharyi, Myanmar

    • Mads Barbesgaard
    20 November 2018

    After a spout of optimism surrounding Myanmar’s so-called democratic transition in the post-2010 period, more recent work by CSOs and academics have emphasized the rampant and violent processes of land and ocean grabbing that this transition is facilitating. Drawing on a case from Northern Tanintharyi in the Southeast of the country, this article attempts to historicize contemporary accounts of these grabbing processes.

  5. Blue Carbon: Ocean Grabbing in Disguise?

    • Mads Barbesgaard
    01 February 2016
    Policy issue

    Will blue carbon projects have similar consequences for coastal communities as the negative socio-ecological impact from the market-based mitigation efforts on land (REDD-ii)

  6. Enclosing the oceans and our aquatic resources

    16 March 2017
    Report

    Top-down conservation projects, (Eco-)tourism, large-scale aquaculture and the expansion of industrial infrastructure are transforming Myanmar. Myanmar's coastal and inland aquatic resources are vast, but these evolving processes and dynamics raise important questions about who benefits from using these resources, who gets to access them and where control lies.

  7. Unmasking the Blue Fix

    • Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    18 September 2019

    Our relationship to the ocean has changed greatly over the centuries. For those who fish, it is their livelihood, while for trade the ocean is considered simply a surface across which goods can be shipped. At the beginning of the 20th century another era began, centred on the extraction of ocean resources from the seabed, and today there is talk of the “blue economy”, which promises a triple win on the ecological, social and economic fronts.

  8. Agroecology and food sovereignty

    Irmak Ertör
    24 June 2020
    Article

    How Turkish fishers came to play a central role in giving agroecology and food sovereignty meaning in the context of fisheries.

  9. Blue Growth and Ocean Grabbing: A Historical Materialist Perspective on Fisheries in East Africa

    • Florian Doerr
    04 February 2016
    Paper

    The concepts of “accumulation by dispossession” and “ocean grabbing” are applied to East Africa in order to explain the ongoing dispossession of small scale fisheries. The emergence of a corporate (sea) food regime can be traced, posing challenges for terrestrial food sovereignty via land grabbing and ocean grabbing.

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    King of the Sea: Seafood Sovereignty and the Blue Revolution

    • Craig K. Harris
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Nine ways in which food sovereignty issues affect both the production and consumption of food from marine and freshwater aquatic food systems.

  11. Marine Spatial Planning

    • Thibault Josse, Marthin Hadiwinata, Henrikus Pratama, Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard
    19 September 2019
    Report

    This report is based on on-going collaborative research between the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Indonesian traditional fisher folk union, Kesatuan Nelayan Tradisional Indonesia (KNTI). For the past decade, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has become a popular policy tool to resolve conflicts over and in ocean space. Proponents claim that MSP can ensure a process that balances competing interests between different users of ocean space from large-scale extractive industries, to tourism companies to small-scale fishers.

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    Life in a Shrimp Zone

    • Kasia Paprocki, Jason Cons
    01 January 2013
    Policy briefing

    What are the class-differentiated implications of food sovereignty in a zone of ecological crisis—Bangladesh’s coastal Khulna district? Much land in this deltaic zone that had previously been employed for various forms of peasant production has been overrun and transformed by the introduction of brackish-water shrimp aquaculture.

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    The Politics of Property in Industrial Fisheries

    • Liam Campling, Elizabeth Havice
    01 January 2013
    Paper

    Fisheries systems are widely considered to be ‘in crisis’ in both economic and ecological terms, a considerable concern given their significance to food security, international trade and employment the world over. The most common explanation for the crisis suggests that it is caused by weak and illiberal property regimes.

  14. Gender and fisheries in Indonesia

    18 June 2020
    Article

    This article examines processes through a feminist lens in order to understand the threats and opportunities for food sovereignty in fishing communities. Based on action research in these affected fishing communities, and in light of ongoing mobilizations against this kind of large-scale development logic and projects, we argue that women are key protagonists in the struggle for food sovereignty in fisher communities.

  15. The Blue Fix

    • Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    29 October 2018
    Policy issue

    This brief explores the politics behind the promise of ‘blue growth'. We have discovered that the discourse around blue growth, blue economy, blue revolution and the like is a masterfully mixed and powerful cocktail. The ingredients that make up this mix are the subject of this brief, and our intention is to explore the function of each component of the cocktail.

  16. Situating small-scale fisheries in the global struggle for agroecology and food sovereignty

    • Irmak Ertör, Zoe Brent, David Gallar, Thibault Josse
    20 November 2020
    Report

    This report explores the politics and practices in small- scale fisheries that form part of the global struggle for agroecology and food sovereignty. 

  17. Our Oceans need a different approach

    Zoe Brent, Mads Barbesgaard, Carsten Pedersen
    24 October 2019
    Opinion

    Delegates to the Our Oceans conference are gathering to discuss ocean sustainability, but there’s a big problem: their proposals will only sanitize continued resource extraction and environmental and ecological degradation.

  18. Human Rights vs Property Rights

    21 November 2016
    Paper

    This new report shows how the 'rights-based approach' to fisheries governance is in fact a mechanism for depriving indigenous and subsistence fisherfolk of their traditional waters and transferring them to corporations and economic elites. It must be replaced with a human rights approach.

  19. Webinar: COVID19 and small fisher-folk of North Africa and Palestine

    30 May 2020

    The North African Food Sovereignty Network (NAFSN) and the Transnational Institute (TNI) will organize a webinar on Saturday 30 May 2020 at 14:00 Tunis time (15:00 Amsterdam time and 16:00 Palestine time) to put a spot light on the situation of fishers in Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and Palestine. This webinar will be in Arabic with live interpretation into English, French and Spanish available.

  20. Remembering World Fisheries Day

    Carsten Pedersen
    20 November 2020
    Article

    On 21 November 1997, small-scale fishers from across the world formed a global movement and set sail for a long journey to protect nature and their human rights. Ever since, the World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) have celebrated this day as World Fisheries Day and even in times of the COVID-19 crisis, they continue the tradition of raising their voices at this special moment.

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