In order to contribute to securing peoples rights, particularly the rights of traditional small-scale fishers, Masifundise uses several strategies. One of these strategies is to influence researchers, opinion and decision makers, and the public in general, so that fishers voices are heard. For this purpose Masifundise develops discussion papers that speak in the voice of traditional small-scale fisher fishers and critically analyses some of the important concepts and definitions related to fishery policy and management. This series of discussion papers contribute to important debates among all stakeholders in the small-scale fishing sector and thus to the process of developing a new policy for that sector.