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Tenure and Fishing Rights 2015

Tenure & Fishing Rights 2015: a global forum on rights-based approaches in fisheries

Whether we are on the water or at the table, we all play a part in shaping the sustainability of our fisheries. We know that we have to govern and manage our fisheries so they produce fish sustainably. Sustainable production – based on environmental, economic and social considerations – is fundamental for ensuring stable job opportunities, food security and livelihoods for fishing communities and consumers. We know that defining tenure rights in fisheries is the key to having sufficient fisheries resources now and for generations to come.

The mission of UserRights 2015 is to foster a mutual understanding of the challenges faced by different groups in fisheries communities and to find common ground and options for empowering the future for fishers and fisheries. Scene-setting presentations, discussion panels, field trips to nearby fishing communities, case study presentations and plenary discussions will provide fisheries stakeholders and policy-makers with guidance on how to support appropriate rights-based systems in fisheries and thereby contribute to a sustainable future.

UserRights 2015 is designed to gather people from across the fisheries sector to discuss the fundamental issues within the sphere of tenure and rights-based approaches in fisheries. Providing a platform for all voices to be heard, UserRights 2015 connects fishers, fishing communities, academics and representatives of NGOs, industry, governments and international organizations from all over the world.

Agenda [PDF] 

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Tenure & Fishing Rights 2015 - Outcomes 

In March 2015, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia co-organised Fishing & Tenure Rights 2015: A global forum on rights-based approaches for fisheries. Attended by 140 participants from a variety of fisheries-related disciplines and 38 countries, this forum was, in part, inspired by the FishRights 99 and Sharing the Fish ’06 conferences – and sought to broaden discussion beyond commercial/industrial fisheries and to include more fisheries stakeholders and types of fisheries.

It has been clear for some time that there is no one-size-fits-all solution when designing rights-based management systems for the very diverse fisheries around the world; however, consensus on how to address the many details and issues that come up still needs to be found. UserRights 2015 brought participants together to share success stories and challenges in the process of designing and implementing appropriate rights-based systems for fisheries. Working group discussions focused on social, economic, environmental, governance and legal aspects of rights-based approaches as well as on (re)distributional and gender impacts on all stakeholders directly and indirectly dependent on fisheries resources. In response to the ideas expressed during the forum, FAO hopes to organize follow-up events for stakeholders to continue working together on finding holistic solutions in the sphere of tenure and fisheries.

FAO is currently in the process of finalizing a report on the forum outcomes, which will be available from July 2015 onwards. You will be able to find the report on this website under Resources.  

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SAMUDRA REPORT on Tenure & Fishing Rights 2015

(this entry is on only available in English) 

The SAMUDRA - the triannual journal of the international collective in support of fishworkers - REPORT (No. 70/ March 2015) on Tenure & Fishing Rights 2015 is now available online!