Mundus maris newsletter: July-August 2021
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Dear *|FNAME|,

This was anything but a classical (northern) summer break. July and August were packed with follow-up to World Ocean Day, active participation in several online conferences, finishing research papers due to come out as book chapters or journal articles soon and the first in-person meetings as the vaccination programmes are slowly picking up speed. Work on the FishBase Guide App that will show maturity and maximum lengths as well as a vulnerability index when typing a country and a local name in any language is progressing. The app is intended as an awareness raising and educational tool to tap easily into the treasure trove of FishBase even from a simple cell phone.

We also need to gear up to resume training sessions in the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal after the rainy season and see how best to participate in activities of the UN Decade for Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in ways that give a voice to small-scale fishers and provides channels to them and other non-scientists to access research results in understandable ways.

Besides, it is useful to monitor several key events, from

  1. the Climate Summit (COP26) in Glasgow, UK, 31.10 to 12.11.2021, and
  2. the Biodiversity Summit (COP15) in Kunming, China, 11 to 15.10.2021 and 25.04 to 8.05.2022, to
  3. the WTO Ministerial (MC12), 30.11 to 3.12.2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.
MC12 is supposed to come up with the overdue deal to phase out harmful fisheries subsidies. To be fully effective, WTO should phase out all subsidies to long-distance fleets and thus halt their excessive CO2 emissions for decreasing catches. That would address widespread overfishing as well and enhance the chances to recover degraded ecosystems and move towards protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030.


Importantly, next year, 2022, will be the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture, a strong additional motivation to persevere and even step up work with and for artisanal fisheries as the best bet for sustainable and prosperous futures.

What’s coming even sooner? Catch a glimpse of activities in September:

  • Mundus maris attends the FishBase and SeaLifeBase Anniversary Symposium in Paris (France)
  • Mundus maris is invited at the III Festival of Traditional Navigation in the Caribbean, Isla Providencia (Colombia)
  • Mundus maris presents the new FishBase Guide App at the World Fisheries Congress in Adelaide (Australia)

If you want to stay up to date with our activities, follow us on social media and our website!


A lot of work lies ahead and the more we succeed, the greater the demand to extend the good experiences. Please help us keep the rhythm and chip in with a donation. Thanks!

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Activities around the world

The virtual MARE Conference 2021 focuses on 'Limits to Blue Growth?'

From 28 June to 2 July this year, the MARE Conference offered again a platform for exchange of latest research results, joint learning and networking. The key theme invited critical reflection on the fact that 'sustainable development' as guiding concept for policy makers, has been replaced of late by the ‘blue economy’ and ‘blue growth’ mantra. We say instead, focus on people - they can correct the dangerous directions some investments are taking at the expense of the wellbeing of people and planet. Mundus maris contributed particularly on gender.

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Ocean Philosophers in Kiel, Germany, invite Mundus maris

Caught locally, consumed abroad? What can be futures of small-scale fisheries in the Global South and in Europe? That was the headline of a conversation between the participants of a sailing trip in the Baltic plus study circle and Cornelia Nauen of Mundus maris on 16 July that spilled over into the next day because of the interest in the topic. What do we know about these fisheries and how are they connected to us as citizens, consumers, ocean lovers?

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Role-plays as creativity exercises for environmental sustainability

The University of Belgrano together with Mundus maris has been developing, with both university and high school students, a specific role-play linked to plastic pollution in the seas. This is one of the most pressing sources of pollution today, and the role play at the Ecology Meeting in Argentina in early August offered more insights into this controversal topic from a well-informed public.

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Post-disaster livelihood reconstruction in coastal Bangladesh

As part of the monthly lectures of the V2V research collaboration, on 27 August 2021 Prof C. Emdad Haque of the University of Manitoba, Canada, and Dr M. Salim Uddin, Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Waterloo, Canada, looked a regions in the country which have experienced severe shocks over several generations and have developed capabilities to bounce back mostly through strong social bonds and mutual help.

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Mundus maris at the EADI Conference 2021 - Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

The principal Mundus maris contribution to this online conference taking place from 5 to 9 July focused on "Inclusive adult education as an avenue for greater social justice in small-scale fisheries in Senegal". It was presented by Maria Fernanda Arraes Treffner, chief facilitator of the SSF Academy and Cornelia E Nauen. In the light of worsening incomes for many of the men and women in the sector, strengthening their capabilities to organise their own businesses and participate more actively in sector governance is of critical importance.

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Environmental migration under the microscope, V2V lectures

The July 2021 lecture of the V2V Research Project - From Vulnerability to Viability - cast a light on migration, with special attention to environmental migration. Michaela Hynie of the Department of Psychology of York University focuses on the nature of migration and consequences for communities left behind in six sites across three countries: India, Nepal and Canada.

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Mundus maris supports the fight of Paolo, the fisher, in Tuscany, Italy

It's almost an epic battle. On the one hand Paolo Fanciulli in Talamone, better known as Paolo, the fisherman, on the one hand, and the trawlers of Porto Santo Stefano near Orbetello in Italy's Tuscany region, with tacit consent of several local authorities in the past, on the other. You're forgiven to think instinctively it's a battle between David and Goliath.

Discover some amazing outcomes

Garden Party for marrying good neighbourhood with ocean protection

After a one-year break forced by the pandemic, the 2021 Garden Party for supporting good neighbourhood and the protection of marine life and culture could at last take place. Saturday, 28 August, some 80 covid-tested people between neighbours, family and friends gathered in high spirit to animated conversations, a feeling of togetherness and good home-made food in Cornelia’s garden. They were also entertained to news about the Small-Scale Fisheries Academy in Senegal and the battles of Paolo, il pescatore, in Italy – and donated generously! A big thanks to all.

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