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SSF Regional Symposium for Europe
"Bright Spots ~ Hope Spots"
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The first SSF Regional Symposium for Europe will take place on July 1-3, 2024 in Cyprus! The symposium will be hosted by IUEM/UBO and TBTI Global, in partnership with the Cypriot Fishers Association, Mulleres Salgadas, and AKTEA, with support from Oak Foundation and OFI Module I.

We are excited to welcome you to Cyprus for the conversation and discussion about ‘Bright Spots ~ Hope Spots’ in small-scale fisheries in Europe. The symposium is a follow-up from the 2022 World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress for Europe, held in Malta, where participants discussed the state of small-scale fisheries in Europe, along with the challenges and the opportunities associated with the sector. Concerns have been raised about the ‘disappearing’ of small-scale fisheries in the region, mostly as a result of demographic and policy changes, as well as pressures from ocean development. Yet, there is a firm belief that, given the right conditions, small-scale fisheries in Europe can thrive and provide for the society in qualities and quantities that no other sector can.


The symposium is an opportunity to share 'bright spots' about small-scale fisheries and their communities in Europe, and what works well in/for them. It also recognizes that while there are still many challenges facing the sector, progress is being made. These are ‘hope spots’ that require further attention. The symposium is organized to foster sharing of experiences, research, lessons and stories, and to encourage in-depth discussions about what more needs to be done to support sustainable small-scale fisheries in Europe, in line with the principles and goals stipulated in the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries, as well as other European policies. 


We look forward to receiving your contribution, and to interacting with you in Cyprus in July 2024.


      2024 SSF Regional Symposium for Europe Co-Chairs

                                                   Katia Frangoudes                  Ratana Chuenpagdee

                                                       IUEM /UBO                                   TBTI Global           


Symposium Format and Call for Participation

Important dates

Call for Abstracts:                                             Open until April 15, 2024

Notification on abstract submission:              May 1, 2024

Registration opens:                                          May 1, 2024

The symposium will be organized as ‘on-site’ only, to facilitate sharing and interactive dialogue. Our goal is to make space for everyone who would like to present their work and to share their perspectives related to small-scale fisheries in the region. In the “Call for abstracts”, you will be asked to indicate whether your contribution falls into the ‘Bright spots’ or the ‘Hope spots’ category. We will also ask you to indicate whether you would like your presentation to be 10-12 minutes or 3-5 minutes.

*** Note on registration fee: Registration fee will be nominal, only to cover the basic cost of the organization. All participants are responsible for covering their own travel and related expenses.


Pervolia, Cyprus

The SSF Regional Symposium for Europe will take place at the Journalists’ Village in Pervolia, Cyprus. The village is located between the historic Lighthouse at Cape Kiti and the Venetian Tower of Regina, only 5 km from the Larnaca International Airport.


Accommodation in the Journalist’s Village

Shared accommodations  

The symposium venue offers 13 fully furnished and fully equipped houses:

  • 5 two-bedroom maisonettes (small houses). Each maisonette can accommodate four people and features a living room, kitchen, a bathroom and two toilets. There is one room with a double bed, one room with two single beds and a sofa in the living room;

  • 8 apartments, each of which can accommodate two people and features a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and a bathroom. There is a double bed in the bedroom and a sofa in the living room.

The houses will be reserved for those who are looking for shared accommodations or are coming with a family.

Important information

Booking of the maisonettes or apartments does not include a cleaning service. A separate fee is charged for changing bed linen and renting of towels, including the beach towels. Guests can also bring their own towels.  


Prices vary according to the number of people renting the place. Guests will pay a separate fee if they wish to have the bed linen changed or rent the towels.

Two-room house: 55 euros/per day/per person (VAT included) + 4 euros/per person for bed linen change and the rent of towels. Air conditioning: 70 cents (VAT included) per hour for each air-conditioning unit.

One-room apartment: 45-euros/per person/per day + 4 euros/per person for bed linen change and towel rent. Air conditioning: 70 cents (VAT included) per hour for each air conditioning unit.  

Breakfast: The guest can prepare their own breakfast or go to the ENALIA cafeteria/restaurant.

There is a sandy beach 250 meters away from the symposium venue.

If you are interested in booking the shared accommodations in the Journalists’ Village, please contact Katia Frangoudes directly ( Because the number of shared accommodations is limited, please send your inquiry as soon as possible. 


The E-hotel is very close to the symposium venue. You can reach the venue by a 10-minute walk from the main road or via a pedestrian path along the seaside. The prices vary according to the dates, the view (sea or land), and whether breakfast is included.


The Journalists’ Village is connected by public bus n° 429 with the neighbouring city of Larnaca and the Glafkos Kliridis airport. The bus runs every hour in the direction of Perivolia, and the bus stop is Faros. The trip takes 20 minutes.

The taxi from the airport to the Journalists’ Village or e-hotel costs around 25 euros.

Accommodation near or outside the Journalist’s Village

Larnaka Mackenzie area is situated between the beach and Salt Lake of Larnaka. It is a quiet area, a little further away from the symposium venue than the Journalists’ Village.  

If you want to stay in Larnaca, you can choose the Mackenzie area, as it is the closest to the conference venue and it is a less busy part of Larnaca. You can use a taxi, rent a car, or take bus 429 to reach the symposium venue. You can also use bus 429 to reach the Finikoudes (the center of Larnaca) from the venue.

The following hotels can be found in the Larnaka Mackenzie area:

LIV Urbana

The Cio Stelio boutique hotel

La Veranda hotel

Airbnb’s are also an option near the Journalists Village (rooms, apartments or houses).

Symposium Organizing Committee


Katia Frangoudes


Ratana Chuenpagdee

TBTI Global, Thailand


Milena Arias Schreiber

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Maarten Bavinck

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Drazen Cepic

University of Zadar, Croatia

Raquel de la Cruz Modino

University of La Laguna, Spain

Maria Hadjimichael

CMMI - Cyprus Marine & Maritime Institute


Svein Jentoft

The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Jose Pascual

 University of La Laguna, Spain

Cristina Pita

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Alicia Said

Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Animal Welfare, Malta

Symposium partners

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Background photo by Antonis Petrou

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