The Fishers’ Forum at GCFI is focused on including fishers in the broader science and management issues that shape the marine resources of the region. Fishers are sponsored by numerous partners to attend the annual meeting during which a specific activity is included within the GCFI meeting agenda for fishers to present their point of view on a variety of topics. Other activities are included which enable the fishers to interact with local fishers both at the meeting and in their communities to garner lessons learned from others in the region.
For example, the theme for the 2008 Fishers Forum at GCFI was: Impacts of climate change on small-scale fisheries. The session featured a few brief presentations on the topic followed by a panel. Discussion amongst fishers, scientists, managers and others was aimed at identifying research required to gain a better understanding of problems and solutions, with a view to developing the ideas into funded projects. The Forum was open to all GCFI participants, but fishers were especially welcome. Fishers attending GCFI were asked to share their views on likely impacts at sea and ashore, and how about their concerns may be addressed. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was a major sponsor of the 2008 Fishers Forum at GCFI.