Mundus maris newsletter: June 2021
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Dear <<First Name>>

It was a whole World Week of Ocean! So good, so diverse! The greatest inspiration of the day was that one of the winners of this year’s top Sea Lion Prize, donated the prize money, 200€, to the Centre Sikati de Mingo'o, a school set up by the local civil society group WOPA, 75 km away from coastal Kribi, Cameroon. The centre offers basic literacy and numeracy education to pygmy children, who do not have access to public schools. They had heard about Mundus maris Awards contest, but could not participate for dramatic lack of means. The centre gratefully received the donationW. An example to follow in the best tradition of international solidarity.

Get a glimpse of the great paintings, poems, stories and video contributions selected by the international jury out of more than 60 submissions from 10 countries.

Throughout the week, Mundus maris organised online and on-site events and contributed to those of our partners. See some of the highlights below. Some reports are still pending.

We also seized the opportunity to make a significant donation to Casa dei Pesci in Tuscany, Italy. Led by Ippolito Turco the non-profit organisation around Paolo Fanciulli, or Paolo il Pescatore as he is known, has launched a fresh drive to protect the coastal waters from damaging bottom trawling. How? They already sunk a dozen beautiful sculptures in collaboration with such renowned sculptors as Emily Young into the sea. The underwater museum created this way makes trawling more difficult. Around the underwater sculptures, fish biomass and the size of individual fish are already increasing. The challenge now is to turn 30 additional blocks of Carrara marble donated to the cause by the Cave di Michelangelo into sculptures and raise the money needed to transport the 10 to 12 ton blocks to their destination, thus enlarging the protected area. It’s urgent, because artisanal fishers like Paolo il Pescatore using passive gear can not compete with the trawlers. A book describing the epic David and Goliath type battle and a summer festival help raise the necessary funding. Please support Casa dei Pesci with a donation to make a dream come true and match the Maremma land protection in the sea. With your help, it can be done, it will be done!

Let me conclude with another piece of hopeful news from the campaign on the long-promised phasing out of harmful fisheries subsidies in the World Trade Organization (WTO). You might remember the fish melt-down stunt organised on March 1st, when Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a steadfast finance expert and former finance minister in Nigeria, took the helm of WTO.

Countries are now closer than ever to a conclusion at the Ministerial Meeting on 15 July 2021. Within the alliance of civil society organisations which Mundus maris contributed to IISD has produced a video explaining what is at stake.

And if you are already in holiday mood and read Italian or Spanish, relax by reading about an early European, Decimus Magnus Ausonius (about 310–396) who takes you on a journey to the culinary delights of different fish in the Moselle River and more. Discover how knowledge, cultures and technologies travelled with the people and check out some more (on the fish) thanks to the free FishBase platform that adds the science at the tip of your fingers. Our next newsletter will cover July and August 2021, our participation in several conferences where we report on the SSF Academy and more. Stay with us and support our work with your feedback and donations. Thanks to those who have recently started monthly donations which are particularly helpful for keeping a high level of activities.

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Activities around the world

Interview with Awa Seye, leader of women in SSF in Senegal now in English

Some time ago, we produced a video interview with Awa Seye in St. Louis, a local municipal adviser, a dedicated midwife and a remarkable woman leader in small-scale fisheries in Senegal. Mundus maris’ Aliou Sall collaborated with young film director Mor Talla Ndione capturing her words, her insights and her surroundings. We thank Khadidiatou Senghor from the ZMT Bremen for the English voice over now available.

World Ocean Day in Apam, Ghana

As part of the World Ocean Day celebrations, on the June 8, 2020, Mundus maris organised a participatory dialogue and sensitisation among fisher folks and youth in Apam, a fishing community in the Gomoa West District of Ghana. The event under the theme ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’ aimed to raise the awareness on human connectedness to the ocean, why and how we must care for the ocean - with particular emphasis on the need to combat plastic ocean pollution. Congrats to Sarah Appiah and her team!

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World Ocean Day celebrations in Kribi, Cameroon

The Grand Batanga public school had the privilege of receiving the delegation of Ocean Volunteers of Cameroon (Bénévoles océan) led by Jeauberte Djamou, a long-time partner of Mundus maris who came to Kribi for the celebration of World Ocean Day on June 08, 2021. The stage was set before 10am. The current health instructions required the various participants to strictly observe the safety measures, in particular wearing protective face masks offered by the Volunteers to all participants.

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From Argentina to the world, 10 June 2021

The new memorandum of cooperation between Mundus maris asbl and Belgrano University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was put into practice again in the occasion of World Ocean Day. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Dr Marcelo Lino Morales Yokobori, a successful webinar with around 100 participants was organised in two sections, one focussing on the thorny issue of illegal, unrecorded and unregulated (IUU) fishing, the other on biodiversity and marine conservation.

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Transitioning to Blue Justice with Too Big To Ignore

The open house webinar of the global research network “Too Big To Ignore” on blue justice on 7 June focused on this crucial topic for turning the corner on unsustainable practices. It also served as a prelaunch to a forthcoming book with lots of case material. Cornelia Nauen and Maria Fernanda Arraes Treffner contributed a chapter on ways to address injustices beyond describing them. They were also on the panel and explained how people centred approaches make a difference.

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Celebrating World Ocean Day in the wider Lagos area, Nigeria

Never shy to face any type of challenge, the Mundus maris group in Lagos led by Prof. Stella Williams and Ayojesutomi Abiodun-Solanke welcomed their online guests in zoomlandia - weathering the pouring rain and the continuing pandemic. Members and friends made their appearance and contributed to the programme with their presentations, remarks, questions and answers.

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International Collaboration spells success for 2021 World Ocean Day in Kenya

Prepared by our partners Eco Ethics Kenya and their local allies, it all started days earlier with a mangrove planting exercise at Kidongo Beach along Mtwapa Creek. The exercise coincided with the World Environment Day marked on 5th June. 50 participants helped in planting a record 5,000 mangrove seedlings. Mombasa County Director of Environment from the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) was the chief guest. Activities continued on June 08 with a big beach clean up and media conference. Congratulations!

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Closing the week with a lovely concert in Louvain, Belgium

How to better complete the range of World Ocean celebrations than with a musical journey around the globe, but this time not only in virtual space, but on the pleasant lake side of Kessel-lo, Louvain, Belgium. Saturday, 12 June 2021, early evening, families and people of all ages gathered leisurely around the pavillon to listen to enjoy the play of Kristina Kebet, piano, and Sara Fontán Ferreira, cello. Enjoy the pictures about the concert carefully prepared by Maria del Carmen Patricia Morales, Mundus maris Vice President.

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