Fish Stocks and Aid Flows: Poverty Reduction in Times of Resource Depletion

6 November, 14:00 – 16:00, Klara södra kyrkogata 1

The seminar will be livestreamed.

Aid to fisheries has been part of Swedish and international development cooperation for long. However, knowledge about effects is limited. A new EBA report: ‘Fishing Aid: Mapping and Synthesising Evidence in Support of SDG 14 Fisheries Targets’, summarises what we know.

During the 1990s, fisheries aid shifted character, when support to improved management and organization increasingly came to replace support to increased production. The old Chinese proverb of teaching a man how to fish for him to have food for life, is no longer sufficient. To counter overfishing, as well as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, has nowadays turned as important.

Is there currently a trade-off between helping small-scale communities to increase their fish catches on the one hand and protecting fish stocks on the other? How can development cooperation best be used to tackle such dilemmas?


14.00 Introduction, Torgny Holmgren;

Fishing Aid – presentation of study, Goncalo Carneiro, Raphaëlle Bisiaux

Overfishing and Maritime Piracy: A Spatial Assessment, Raj M. Desai

Panel discussion, Maria Bang, David Lymer, Kristofer Du Rietz, Goncalo Carneiro


16:00 End of seminar, Torgny Holmgren

Coffee, tea and mingle


Goncalo Carneiro, Senior Analyst, Swedish Agency for Water and Marine Resources

Raphaëlle Bisiaux, Senior Consultant, NIRAS

Raj M. Desai, Professor, Georgetown University

Maria Bang, Global Program Manager, The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency

David Lymer, Environment Assessment Specialist, Swedish University for Agricultural Sciences

Kristofer du Rietz, Policy Coordinator, EU Commission

Torgny Holmgren, member EBA, CEO Stockholm International Water Institute