We are pleased to announce our call for individual presentations, special sessions, and webinar panel discussions for the 2021 IASC Fisheries and Aquaculture Commons Virtual Conference held online from March 9-11, 2021. This conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners on the topic of fisheries as commons and facing uncertain futures for the world’s fisheries, with an additional focus on understanding aquaculture commons. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains, slashed tourism, and eliminated many markets for fish and farmed seafood products, which has exacerbated many ongoing challenges and prompted diverse and often drastic reconfigurations in the organization of fisheries and seafood production.
In light of this crisis, it is more urgent and important than ever to share lessons learned about resilient fisheries and fish farming. Framing this conference around the commons is a point of departure that highlights the role of fishers, fish farmers, collective action, local institutional responses, and co-management policies, as well as the role of institutions nested across scales in solving global problems. The conference will cover broad topics related to the governance and management of fisheries and aquaculture ranging from co-management of marine protected areas to collaborative efforts for restoring ecosystems to the issues of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, aquaculture intensification and property rights, human rights, and transnational criminal networks analyzed through the lens of the commons (e.g., rivalrousness and excludability of resource access). We welcome contributions from academics and practitioners engaged in diverse approaches for studying and governing fisheries and aquaculture commons.
Conference presentations are intended to provoke discussion and will be a combination of pre-recorded talks as well as live webinar panel. We welcome proposals for speed-talks pitching one main idea (3-minute) or full-length presentations (10 minutes), as well as proposals for live webinars.
As one of a series of topically-focused web-conferences throughout 2021 organized by the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC), we also will facilitate a discussion between fisheries scholars and managers, and scholars studying other sorts of commons.