Highlights of the participation of the European Black Sea Fishermen’s Association in the IYAFA Regional workshop: Getting the story straight and envisioning a fair future for small-scale fisheries in Europe Vilanova de Arousa, Galicia, Spain

The working meeting opened with a brief presentation ofMulleresSalgadasfollowing ofintroductions by Organizing Groups: 1) International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) –Mr. Maarten Bavinck; 2) Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) –Ms. Marta Cavalle; and3) MulleresSalgadas–Ms. Sandra Amezaga. It was done overview and rationale of the workshop by ICSF.

The meeting continued with the presentation of all participants and their organizations.

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The afternoon session (Session 1) started with the topic of “Creating a Positive Narrative for SSF”. The subject is worked on throughout the day. The participants were divided into 5 working groups. The structure of the topic and the reaching of common ideas was assisted by researchers and representatives of the University of Santiago de Compostela. Each group developed their ideas and these were reported to the rest of the participants. Questions were asked and all topics were thoroughly discussed.


The morning of the second day was organizedfield visit with women shellfish harvesters to learn about their roles in fisheries, their organizations and networks, how they are working to address some of the challenges they face, and their vision for the future.

The afternoon session (Session 2) was organized with the presentation and discussion of two topics:1) Governing Access to fishery resources and fishing areas (TACs-quotas, effort control & fishing areas)and 2) Boosting co-management in Europe- Governing fisheries activities to ensure fairness, equity, sustainability and viability in the context of the Blue Economy.The last topic of the day was „Governing access to sustainable and fair food systems“.


On the third day, we completed the second session with the topic „Towards a Participatory Guarantee System for SSF in Europe“.

The third session(Session 3), which took place in the afternoon of the third day, was about „Strengthening Capacities of SSF and Support Organizations and Building Alliances Inputs: Short interviews with representatives of support organizations and networks“. It was based on the conclusions drawn in the discussions in session 2.

Day four started with continuation of session 3 „Groups report back- Plenary discussion“ and Wrapping up Session.


By noon we finished the Session 4: Draft Workshop Statement. This included:

  • Drafting committee presents draft statement
  • Discussion and feedback collected from the workshop participants.


The last Session 5: Women in Fisheries Panel Discussion Reflecting on Sessions 1, 2 and 3 Facilitator: Marta Cavalle Panelists: Katia Frangoudes (Uni of Brest/AKTEA), Marcarena Molina (Pescartes Cabo de Gata, fisher); KaroliinaLehtimaeki (LIFE/Snowchange Finland, fisher); Cornelie Quist (ICSF), Jose Pascual (Uni de La Laguna/TBTI), Sandra Amezaga (MuS/AKTEA), Maria Vales (MuS, mariscadora), Milena Schreiber (Uni Gothenburg, researcher Mariscadoras), Seamus Bonner (IIMRO/LIFE board member).


The workshop ended with a statement adopted by all 45 participants from 16 countries, translated into English and Spanish.The full text will be published additionally on the page of the three organizations and made available to all interested parties.

Оrganizers of the IYAFA Regional workshop:

  • International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF), 2) Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) and 3) MulleresSalgadas.