Small-scale fisher movements prepare for COFI 2022

The Committee on Fisheries (COFI) will be hosting its 35th session this year from 5 to 9 September in Rome, Italy. This is the first in-person event since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. The COFI process is a subsidiary body of the Food and Agriculture...

Small-scale fishers strengthen their activism against oil and gas mining

On 5-7 July Masifundise, Green Connection, Legal Resource Centre, One Ocean Hub as well as various coastal small-scale fishing communities attended an oil and gas workshop hosted by the Coastal Justice Network in Port Alfred. The workshop examined the growth of...

WTO negotiations of fishery subsidies threaten the sustainability of SSF

On June 17, 2022, the World Trade Organization (WTO) finalized the agreement on the widely debated negotiations aimed at limiting fisheries subsidies that contribute and create a conducive environment to overfishing. The agreement aimed to protect overfished stocks by...

Hondeklipbaai fishers engage public consultations for exploration drilling in Northern Cape

On 6 June, small-scale fishers and community members from Hondeklipbaai attended an Environmental Impact Management Services (EIMS) stakeholder engagement, together with Masifundise. The engagement aimed to update communities on the proposed oil and gas exploration...

Wild coast communities await ruling for Shell case

On 30 May, small-scale fishing communities and environmental activists returned to the High Court in Gqeberha to hear the arguments for the case against Shell to stop seismic blasting on the Wild Coast. This comes after an interdict was granted last year preventing...

Remembering Ocean People in celebrating World Oceans Day

The United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 (UNOC2022) will take place from 27 June to 1 July 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference aims to mobilize action and propel science-based innovative solutions directed at starting a new chapter of global ocean action rooted...