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Tenure and Fishing Rights 2018

Programme

Information and practical experiences were shared through 8 thematic sessions, from Monday to Wednesday (10-12 September 2018).

Session topics included history and experiences with:

  1. customary tenure rights and indigenous peoples’ tenure rights in fisheries,
  2. open access fisheries,
  3. limited access fisheries: input controls (licenses, IEs, TURFs),
  4. limited access fisheries: output controls (TACs, IQs, CDQs, Catch Shares, QMS),
  5. the post-harvest sector,
  6. competing fisheries stakeholders (migratory fishing, industrial and SSF, national, regional, international issues),
  7. multiple use in coastal zone management and rights (aquaculture, MPAs, tourism, etc.), and
  8. social aspects of tenure and user rights in fisheries (human rights, right to food, gender, indigenous peoples, youth).

Unique to the design of this conference, the presentations were based on case studies elaborated using a questionnaire and case study template provided by FAO in order to ensure comparability for future analyses. Ultimately, the questionnaire results and case study papers will be available in an on-line repository on existing rights-based management systems. The case studies will also be published in the proceedings of the conference in early 2019.

On Thursday 13 September, participants got the chance to learn about the Korean governance system in fisheries and experienced firsthand Korean community-based fisheries management on the field trip to the village of Ahnpo (an award winning community-based fishing village) and the Yeosu National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative (a fishing harbor with auction and processing facilities).

The closing keynote on Friday 14 September linked the case studies with the different SDGs. It was noted that in addition to SDGs 1, 2, 5, 10, 12, 14, 14.b, tenure and user rights were relevant to SDGs 6, 8, 15 and/or 16. The final closing panel entitled The Way Forward – Next Steps gave suggestions about what issues should be addressed and gave ideas how to approach them along with guidance about what should be done in the future