[call for papers] Artisanal and Small-Scale Fisheries and Aquaculture

Submission deadline: 31 March 2022

Guest Editors

New Content ItemJohn Kurien, PhD, started professional life helping small-scale fishers to organise their cooperatives. Later he was Professor at the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India, where he founded the network International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). Currently he is Visiting Professor at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. He is also Honorary Fellow of the WorldFish Centre with headquarters in Penang, Malaysia.

New Content ItemRenato Silvano, PhD, is Full Professor in the Department of Ecology of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brazil. He is also Research Director of the Fisheries & Food Institute (Fifo), Campinas, Brazil. He edited the book Fish and Fisheries in the Brazilian Amazon - People, Ecology and Conservation in Black and Clean Water Rivers (Springer, 2020).

Background and Scope

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), an important recognition of the millions of small-scale fishers, fish farmers and fish workers for their contributions to human well-being, food security, nutrition and poverty eradication.

Besides their paramount importance to food provision, income generation and social welfare, small-scale fisheries and aquaculture are often related to ecosystems with high biodiversity, making these activities also relevant for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use and development of natural resources.  

On the occasion of the IYAFA 2022, Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries will publish a Special Issue of high-quality reviews and research articles focused on the multi-dimensional aspects of livelihoods and occupational pursuits within these artisanal, indigenous and small-scale fisheries and aquaculture systems across the world. These include the multiple interactions between these food production systems, the dynamics of exploited fishing resources and supporting ecosystems and ecosystem services.

The focus will be on inter-disciplinary research dealing with the interfaces of ecosystem understanding, population dynamics, experiential local or indigenous knowledge, convivial technology and the way these facets integrate into social and cultural practices. The multiple natural resource management practices arising from such integration, and the directions they may take into the future, will be of particular interest.

Threats and opportunities

This very significant community of food producers, distributed across the globe in developing and developed countries, face many threats and opportunities. How these communities are affected by and respond to them will be of interest for this Special Issue.

The threats include competition and adverse effects posed by industrial fishing and aquaculture; globalisation of food systems; increased economic inequity, social marginalisation and impacts of climate change, environmental degradation and habitat alteration. The small-scale fishers and aquaculture workers may be among the most vulnerable to these threats and environmental changes.

The opportunities include the changing food-fish preferences towards fresh, locally and sustainably harvested fish; organised consumer awareness in support of such producers; as well as the rising international collective action among these communities themselves for greater recognition of their human rights.

This Special Issue also welcomes research addressing relevant questions related to the sustainability of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture, including (but not limited to) participatory monitoring, ways to combine multiple knowledge sources, such as scientific and local or indigenous knowledge, and analyses of fisheries or production data. Research related to the seven pillars of the IYAFA 2022: environmental, economic and social sustainability, governance, gender equality, food security and resilience will be welcome.

Considering that small-scale fisheries and aquaculture are embedded in socio-ecological systems, submissions that are multi-disciplinary in perspective, integrating both natural and social science realms, are encouraged. Notwithstanding their relevance, studies addressing only biological aspects of fishing resources or exclusively social or anthropological issues, are not within the scope of this Special Issue.

How to contribute

Manuscripts should be formatted according to the journal’s Instructions for Authors and submitted via the online submission system. All submissions will go through the usual rigorous review process of the journal.

During the submission process, the corresponding author will be asked if the manuscript is part of a special issue. Please respond yes and select the option IYAFA 2022.

For more information on the scope of this issue or pre-submission enquiries please contact the journal.

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