Innovating for change in global fisheries governance

Time flies! It will be seven years ago in September that I had the pleasure of co-organising the first ‘Innovating for change in global fisheries governance’ workshop alongside Drs. Eva van der Marel and Camille Goodman. That first workshop brought together PhD students (as indeed the three of us were at the time), early career scholars, and established academics, and resulted in the publication of a special issue in Marine Policy, edited by Eva van der Marel, Richard Caddell, and Elise Johansen, which can be accessed here.

This year, Eva, Camille, and I have again joined forces to plan a follow-up. We would like to make this new workshop as accessible and as trans-disciplinary as possible, and so we would like to encourage new and established academics as well as PhD students from a broad range of disciplines to apply. The aim is to identify, explore, and discuss recent legal, political, economic, technical, technological, and scientific developments in fisheries governance, always with an eye on scoping solutions for existing problems, and positive developments that take us closer to sustainable fisheries anywhere in the world.

The workshop is being organised around the following 4 topic categories:

  • Innovation in relation to environmental challenges (e.g. relationship between fisheries and climate change, pollution, etc.)
  • Innovation in relation to technical challenges (e.g. vessel/gear technologies, standards, data collection, and monitoring & enforcement)
  • Innovation in relation to human challenges (e.g. vulnerable human groups, equitable approaches, and small-scale fisheries)
  • Innovation in relation to new legal developments (e.g. the BBNJ treaty).

The workshop will take place at the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea (NCLOS), Tromsø, on the 14th and 15th of September this year. If you are interested in attending, please send an abstract of your paper and a short biography (not exceeding 2 pages in total) to Eva ( Full details here:

The deadline for submissions is the end of May. We’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Mercedes Rosello, Leeds, 2023

Image credit: NCLOS.