Through a systematic review of current fisheries conflicts, this project aims to identify the key drivers of fisheries conflicts globally in order to anticipate future hotspots of disputes. As project lead for Secure Fisheries, we work with members of the Fisheries Conflict Research Consortium (FCRC) to contribute case studies about fisheries conflicts and incorporate narrative into a Story Map. As a communication tool, this Esri and ArcGIS Story Map daylights fisheries-related disputes and social conflicts globally through illustrative case studies. FCRC members author comprehensive case studies on specific fisheries conflicts that identify drivers, actors and likeliness of increased intensity and frequency.


I will also assist Secure Fisheries in expanding the FCRC network by inviting academics and practitioners from diverse backgrounds, especially conflict-prone areas, as well as investigative reporters to contribute case studies. In the effort to incorporate local perspectives into the project, I will facilitate  three Photovoice workshops in three fisheries impacted by conflict. The main objective is to build awareness about the social-ecological contexts around seafood consumption and to better inform fisheries conflict mitigation strategies.


A specific community-based participatory research method, Photovoice is increasingly applied in fisheries research for interactive, inclusive governance and par­ticipation in management. Photovoice invites local stakeholders to use photography to identify community strengths and deconstruct concerns, promotes knowledge and critical dialogue about social-ecological issues and impacts through group discussion of images. 




BTSI is a California-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit working in solidarity with small-scale fishing villages to build social-ecological resilience through surfing, storytelling, and mindfulness workshops.