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SSF Regional Symposium for Latin America and the Caribbean
"Bright Spots ~ Hope Spots"

The first SSF Regional Symposium for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC SSF Symposium) will take place on October 1-4, 2024 in Mazatlan, Mexico. The symposium will be hosted by TBTI Global and TBTI Mexico, in partnership with Faculty of Marine Sciences, Autonomous University of Sinaloa.


We are excited to welcome you to Mazatlan for the conversation and discussion about ‘Bright Spots ~ Hope Spots’ in small-scale fisheries in the LAC region. The symposium is a follow-up from the 2022 World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress for LAC, held in Merida, where participants discussed the state of small-scale fisheries in the region, along with the challenges and the opportunities associated with the sector. As per the 2022 congress theme, ‘stronger together’, several examples of the values, importance and contributions of small-scale fisheries were shared. Yet, there is no denying that many small-scale fisheries remain vulnerable due to both internal and external pressure and stressors. More work is required to address the root causes of vulnerability, in order to achieve viable and sustainable future for small-scale fisheries in the region.


The symposium is an opportunity to share lessons about ‘bright spots’ in small-scale fisheries in LAC, and discuss what works well for them and why. While there are still many challenges facing the sector, progress is being made. These are the ‘hope spots’ that require further attention and additional effort. 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 viable and sustainable small-scale fisheries in LAC, in line with the principles and goals stipulated in the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries. 


We look forward to receiving your contribution, and to interacting with you in Mazatlan in October 2024.


Co-Chairs, 2024 SSF Regional Symposium for Latin America and the Caribbean

                                                 Minerva Arce-Ibarra                       Ratana Chuenpagdee

                                                     TBTI Mexico                                       TBTI Global           


Symposium Format and Call for Participation

Important dates

Call for Abstracts:                                              Open until August 1, 2024

Notification on abstract submission:               August 15, 2024

Registration opens:                                           August 15, 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.

English is the official language of the symposium, which will be used in all plenary sessions without any translation. For concurrent sessions, presentations in other languages will be accommodated to the extent possible. It is recommended, however, that speakers wishing to present in Spanish, Portuguese or French, use English in their slides. For speakers presenting in English, it would be appreciated if you are able to include some Spanish in your slides.

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


*** Information about venue, accommodation, and other logistics will be provided at a later stage.


Torre Académica, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mazatlán, Mexico

Special number Journal of Marine Science UAS

The Journal of Marine Sciences UAS invites participants of the SSF Regional Symposium for Latin America and the Caribbean to submit their complete work for publication in a special issue dedicated to the Symposium. Each paper will go through a peer-reviewed process before being accepted for publication in this special issue. Visit the journal’s website for more information about the journal and how to submit.


Scope: The Journal of Marine Sciences UAS (CIMAR UAS) is an online open-access scientific journal of national and international character, edited and published through the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the Autonomous University of Sinaloa. It has a periodicity of quarterly publication, in Spanish and/or English and its aim is to publish original contributions in the format of scientific articles, scientific notes, and reviews on various topics related to the sea. These include, but are not limited to, Fisheries Sciences, Aquaculture (marine and inland waters), Conservation of the environment, Biodiversity, Public Policies, and the Social Dimension in Marine Sciences.


More information coming soon!

Symposium Organizing Committee


Minerva Arce-Ibarra

TBTI Mexico

Ratana Chuenpagdee

TBTI Global, Thailand

Local organizing committee

Eugenio Alberto Aragón Noriega

Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, Mexico

Maria Isaura Bañuelos Vargas

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Martín Ignacio Borrego

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa/FACIMAR, Mexico

Nidia Yuniba Brun Corona

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Martín Gabriel Frias Espericueta

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa/FACIMAR, Mexico

Cleofas Herrera y Cairo Lizárraga

Researcher/Independent consultant, Mexico

Diana Judith López Peraza

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa/FACIMAR, Mexico

Jorge Saul Ramírez Pérez

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa/FACIMAR, Mexico

Luis Salcido Guevara

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa/FACIMAR, Mexico

Scientific committee

Milena Arias Schreiber

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Francisco Arreguín-Sánchez


Maria Jose Barragán-Paladines

Charles Darwin Foundation, Ecuador

Joel Bojórquez-Sauceda

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Ana Cinti


J. Adán Félix-Ortiz

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Nikita Gaibor

Instituto Publico de Investigación de Acuicultura y Pesca, Ecuador

Emi Koch

Coast 2 Coast, Peru

Sérgio Mattos

 Instituto Maramar, Brazil

Patrick McConney

The University of the West Indies/CERMES, Barbados

Maria Pena

The University of the West Indies/CERMES, Barbados

Lina Maria Saavedra Díaz

Universidad del Magdalena, Colombia

Rebeca Sánchez-Cárdenas

Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Silvia Salas Márquez


Adriana Santos Martinez

National University of Colombia, Colombia

Symposium partners

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Background photo by Santiago Zurbia

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