Mundus maris newsletter: November 2019
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Dear <<First Name>>

Participating in the International Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability focused on the nexus between research and policy at FAO HQ in Rome, 18-21 November, underlined three major challenges:
  1. governments, researchers, practitioners and organisations in civil society want to improve and diversify data collection and analyses to get a better understanding and governance of the many facets of food production from the ocean and fresh waters and the social-economic conditions of women and men working along value chains;
  2. social and ecological justice is moving up on the agenda and must be addressed, whether it is through phasing out capacity enhancing subsidies to industrial fleets, gender equity, resource and market access to small-scale fishers or a better balance between food production and equally essential biodiversity protection;
  3. fisheries and other marine and freshwater food producers can only hope to remain independent actors if narrow sectoral silos get replaced by engagement with other users of space and resources and cooperation replaces competition and thus enable transitions towards sustainability.
Peter Thomson, Special Envoy for the Ocean of the UN Secretary General, passionately argued for biodiversity and climate protection at the FAO Symposium
Our support to developing the small-scale fisheries academy with its underlying principles of empowering men and women to act individually and collectively for improving their livelihoods and participate in the governance of coastal and maritime spaces and resources attracted attention from other symposium participants, who face similar challenges and are looking for responses. They agreed that cooperation is the best response to cope with rapidly changing conditions. The early successes of some women, who have applied what they have learnt in the academy is encouraging.

Those who want to make unconventional gifts for X-mas and end of the year festivities – here is our offer for a being a game changer by enabling small-scale fishers – women and men – to step up the uplifting experience through more training thanks to a higher activity level of the small-scale fisheries academy. Become a regular academy sponsor: for 20 EUR / month we can improve the support for a person through distance mentoring, getting several sponsors for 50 EUR / month we can schedule more on-site training. Several sponsors contributing 100 EUR / month or more will allow expansion of the academy to additional places, where demand has been expressed, sich as in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and elsewhere. Any contribution you can make helps making a difference.

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Cornelia E. Nauen and the entire Mundus maris team
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Activities around the world

Mundus maris at the FAO Symposium on Fisheries Sustainability in Rome

The mega event at FAO HQ from 18 to 21 November about fisheries sustainability attracted some 750 registered participants. Structured in fine detail with many and diverse speakers, the programe placed a heavy emphasis on statements. That relegated discussions mostly into the few breaks and social hours. Participants could still ask questions and vote electronically on several questions during each session. The result was an invitation to open up to change and more justice. 
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Mundus maris supports consumer awareness about legitimate fish

As every year, Mundus maris participated in the Good Food events calendar in Brussels, again as the only voice to bring essential information to fish and seafood consumers about what constitutes legitimate products. That means products providing mandatory information on the regional sourcing, the species, the production method and whether it's fresh or frozen. Fish sellers at the Flagey market were among those asking for info. 
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Fish Party at Lagos State University with Mundus maris

This year's Fish Party event focused on the topic "Impacts of climate change on fisheries and food security". Stella Williams, Vice President of Mundus maris, was the keynote speaker at the celebrations which were held at Lagos State University (LASU) on Saturday, 9 November. Climate change is the big disruptor in fisheries and many other marine and coastal conditions and activities as sea level rise, acidification, lack of oxygen, storm surges and other effects show.  
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Mundus maris at GLOSS supporting the UN Ocean Decade

A broad range of research organisations, including Mundus maris, supported the workshop organised by the Ocean University Initiative in Brest. During two days, 5-6 November 2019, participants discussed in small groups what social sciences and humanities research can contribute to address major challenges and opportunities to implement the SDGs of Agenda 2030, with special attention to the forthcoming UN Decade for Ocean Research for Sustainable Development.
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