Announcing #ICT4Fisheries2019 – ICT4Fisheries in Practice in the Context of Small-Scale Fisheries

Information and Communication Technologies for Fisheries (ICT4Fisheries) in the context of small-scale fisheries promote the use of technology in the form of internet-based systems, mobile apps or satellite and radio-based platforms to address social, ecological and economic challenges within the sector. From maritime safety to accessing market opportunities, Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) have started to contribute to the improved well-being of fisher communities globally and have the potential to further advance the small-scale fisheries sector. However, as the use of digital technology in fisheries gains traction worldwide, it is pertinent to ensure that ICT4Fisheries are implemented in a participatory, inclusive way that is transformative and contributes towards the implementation of the FAO’s Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Povery Eradiation (SSF Guidelines). In addition, deep reflection on the utilisation of ICT4Fisheries, with organisations implementing digital technologies, is needed to enable a timely, shared learning experience and extract emerging lessons within a community of practice.

To this end, ABALOBI and Blue Ventures will host an international workshop entitled ICT4Fisheries in Practice, to be held from 7 to 10 October 2019 at the Protea Hotel, Breakwater Lodge, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.


This workshop aims to bring together small-scale fisheries leaders, monitors, practitioners and tech developers working in the fisheries digital space to share insights about transformative ‘touch and tech’ methodologies that enable the uptake of technology in small-scale fishing communities. ‘Touch and tech’ refers to both the development of a tool and the methods that enable adoption and implementation. Organisations with a track record in the implementation of digital solutions to address the social, ecological and economic challenges facing small-scale fishers along the value chain are invited to participate in the workshop. Shared learning among key actors will capture emerging lessons and build a community of practice. This will assist in identifying opportunities for collaboration and in stimulating joint efforts to scale impact.


  • Discuss and identify participatory and inclusive methodologies that foster the uptake of technology and scalability of these solutions across diverse contexts. Technologies will include Safety-at-Sea, tracking, electronic catch data and reporting tools, as well as traceability and data insights platforms.
  • Identify and collate the pros and cons of technology-based solutions for small-scale fisheries.
  • Foster an ICT4Fisheries community of practice, and share lessons as well as best practice with regards to
    co-design and ownership models, data ownership and sharing mechanisms as well as feedback challenges and opportunities for scaled use/impact.
  • Examine policy implications of ICT4Fisheries within the context of the FAO Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (SSF guidelines)
  • Allow stakeholders working in this field or with an interest in policy and ICT4Fisheries to participate in the presentation and discussion online through live streaming and Q&A.


  • A set of best practice guidelines on the implementation of ICT4Fisheries in the context of the FAO SSF Guidelines with a specific focus on Food Security and Poverty Eradication
  • Digital media on a shared platform that can help interested groups get started, cost out and implement ICT4Fisheries tools.

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