The 2nd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress (2WSFC) will be held in Merida, Mexico, 21-26 September 2014.

The first Congress held in 2010 in Bangkok was focused on ‘Issues and Solutions’. For the 2WSFC, given the advancement in research and enhanced policy interests on small-scale fisheries, we can now concentrate on exploring “Options and Opportunities for Small-Scale Fisheries“, through seven distinct themes:

  • economic viability;
  • livelihoods and wellbeing;
  • ecosystem stewardship;
  • rights and access;
  • food security and food sovereignty;
  • governance and governability;
  • assessment and monitoring.

The congress is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the future of the world small-scale fisheries. The congress is jointly organized and co-hosted by Professor Silvia Salas, CINVESTAV, Merida, Mexico, and Professor Ratana Chuenpagdee, Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) Project Director, Memorial University, St. John’s, Canada, along with many other local and international organizations.

We encourage fishers and community members to participate in the Congress. There will be a special plenary session for fishers to share knowledge and idea, as well as an opportunity to interact with other fishers from around the world during the field excursion. Although the official language of the congress in is English, we will provide you with ‘whisperers’ to help you follow the presentations and the discussion. Please contact us at 2wsfc@mun.ca if you are interested in attending.

We look forward to welcoming you in Merida in September!


2WSFC is hosted by the following organizations:


Important Dates

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014: deadline for extended abstracts

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