In October 2018, IOI-SA attended the 3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Congress is an international gathering of approximately 350 researchers, practitioners, academics, fisher organisations, CSOs, international development agencies and policy makers to share information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programmes to support the implementation of the UNFAO SSF Guidelines. The main theme for the 3rd World Congress was ‘Transdisciplinarity and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries’ with the aim of facilitating interaction, information sharing, cross-fertilization of ideas and networking opportunities for participants.
In October 2018 IOI-SA attended the Too Big To Ignore Network (TBTI) Train-the-Trainer workshop for Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Train-the-Trainer workshop forms part of a 5 month online training course on Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries. The Train-the-Trainer training brings together of a group of around 30 academics and NGOs who are involved in small-scale fisheries training, teaching or capacity development in different regions. The group discusses the use of transdisciplinarity methods as a tool to address challenges in small-scale fisheries, as well as effective teaching and training methods.
In January 2019 TBTI will launch the online Transdisciplinarity in Small-Scale Fisheries course. In this way, the Train-the-Trainer workshop creates a network of facilitators for the online training, but also to partner in disseminating face-to-face training in Transdisciplinarity in Small-scale Fisheries.
Adnan Awad is in Mauritius overseeing a port biological baseline survey, with the team from Mauritius Oceanography Institute. They are sampling all habitats in and around the Port Mathurin and adjacent marina, including video transects on the outside coral reefs. This will give them a baseline of marine biodiversity and indication of any introduced alien species. So far they are very impressed with the species richness for corals and reef fishes and haven’t yet noticed any serious invaders. Following 5 days in the field, samples will be sent back to Mauritius and South Africa for taxonomic ID, which may take several months.
The course is designed to contribute to building a sustainable core of experts on ocean governance for the continent and is intended for professionals, managers, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from or with an interest in countries within the African region.
The meeting was organised by The GEF, UNDP, UNESCO IOC, UN Environment and FAO. The goal of the meeting was to enhance cross-sectoral, science based ecosystem approaches to regional ocean governance in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It took place in Cape Town on the 27th and 28th November, 2017 and was immediately followed by the 19th Large Marine Ecosystem Meeting from the 29th November until the 1st December.
Recent studies on the amount and nature of plastic that is ending up in the ocean, as well as the ecosystem and health impacts associated with this modern source of pollution have caused an increase in public awareness of the issue and concern about how to tackle it. Eighty percent of plastic that ends up in the ocean is getting there through land-based sources. In a world that produces 300 million tons of plastic per year and about eight million tons of that ending up the ocean, from where it is almost impossible to retrieve, the issue of plastic pollution has become a global concern (Ocean Atlas 2017). The solution to the majority of plastic pollution in the ocean starts on land, and while we are only just coming to terms with the scale of the problem, we are also looking for innovative, collaborative solutions.
The United States Consulate General, in partnership with the South African Maritime Safety Authority, the International Ocean Institute – African Region, the V&A Waterfront, and Operation Phakisa, held a public discussion on international, regional and local perspectives on ocean sustainability, with a focus on mitigating plastics pollution.
This forum on plastic marine debris is intended as one of many opportunities for decision makers and experts to get together to discuss solutions and mitigation measures to prevent plastic reaching our oceans, as stakeholders begin to realise the urgency of this issue. It is anticipated that this will be the first of many structured discussions that allow for effective engagement amongst the public, academics and government stakeholders on a variety of marine and maritime subjects. The report is available here: Plastic Pollution in Our Oceans
IOI-SA is working with the Department of Environmental Affairs, various NGOs and organisations to Ban the Microbead in South Africa. If you would like to help us by signing the petition to the Department of Environmental Affairs, please click here. A show of public support will support the case for the banning of this unnecessary source of pollution.
IOI-SA is the National Coordinator of the WWF-SA and TETA Small Scale Responsible Fisheries Training Project. The project is designed so that a pool of members from small scale fishing communities are trained as trainers and empowered to deliver workshops to small scale fishing communities around South Africa. The workshops explain the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and responsible practices through a series of discussions, videos, interactive games and presentations.
So far, training events have been conducted in Kleinmond, Gugulethu, Doringbaai, Papendorp and Hondeklipbaai and have reached in excess of 89 people.
To follow-up from the March IOI-SA and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) workshop, this workshop was held after the small-scale fisheries applications were complete and being processed. IOI-SA and DAFF held a full day workshop that brought partners up-to-date on the progress that has been made in the sector and invited potential partners to identify what role they could play in partnering with DAFF in supporting the small-scale fishing sector. The second workshop aimed to create tangible partnerships between organisations and DAFF for the support of the fishing cooperatives.