Shifting tides: how can small-scale fisheries help address the Sustainable Development Goals?

Small-scale fisheries (SSFs) provide an estimated two-thirds of the world’s catch intended for human consumption and support 90% of employment in the fisheries sector. These fisheries also have a huge role to play in achieving numerous Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly global food security, health and well-being, and marine biodiversity conservation. However, SSFs are not explicitly included in any SDG targets for zero hunger. Small-scale fisheries occur predominantly in and around ecosystems of high biodiversity, such as rivers, lakes, coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves, and are consequently often considered as contributors to ecosystem degradation. Difficulties in monitoring SSFs have led to a lack of global policy development for their management, relying instead on policies designed for commercial fisheries. However, recently, the crucial importance of SSFs has been recognised. This event will focus on ideas that are challenging the way we view SSFs and their resources, particularly in developing nations. Speakers will highlight how to incorporate values associated with SSFs into policy, and mobilise global and local communities to better manage and protect marine ecosystems. At a time when we are actively seeking ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, this is an opportunity to look at how the fisheries sector can meet human needs into the future while safeguarding biodiversity.


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  • Professor Jeppe Kolding, University of Bergen: "SDGs, food security and small-scale fisheries"
  • Professor Christina Hicks, Lancaster University: "Malnourished in a sea of micronutrients"
  • Dr Philippa Cohen, Worldfish: "Small-scale fisheries; beneath the surface"

This event will be chaired by Dr Rebecca Short, University of Exeter and Sofia Castelló y Tickell, University of Oxford.


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map
  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.




ZSL Library Events

The ZSL Library will be open before the event and will offer a talk at 4.45pm on Art works and Archives: an introduction to our 'special collections', featuring items about Sir Stamford Raffles this month as July is the anniversary of his death and birth. Please contact or click here for further information.


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