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World Fisheries Day 2020

World Fisheries Day is celebrated every year on November 21 to highlight the importance of healthy oceans ecosystems and to ensure sustainable stocks of fisheries in the world. Fishing communities celebrate this day through rallies, workshops, public meetings, cultural dramas, exhibition, and music shows.

Fisher folks also demonstrate the importance of maintaining the fisheries of the world along with highlighting the problems like overfishing and mechanization. The day also explores moves towards finding solutions to the increasingly inter-connected problems that world is facing to follow the sustainable model.

World Fisheries Theme
The World Fisheries Day is to be celebrated under the theme
Theme: Social Responsibility in the fisheries value chain

World Fisheries Day – History
A forum for World Fisheries consortium was established as early as 1997. This forum was famously called WFF or World Fisheries Forum. Under this forum, many participants from all over the world took part actively. As many as 18 countries signed a global consensus document marking standardization of practices. This further led to sustainable measures for marking higher developmental practices and policy guidelines to make fishing viable as a means of trade and commerce.

Some of the common grounds of operations underlining the WFF are creating robust opportunities for the fishing communities, enduring fisheries as a trade, social responsibility and moral grounds of justice, preserving the ancient history of the fishermen and the harvesting communities, consolidation of fishers etc.

The first time World Fisheries Day was celebrated was on November 21, 2015. It was the day when the grand opening of the International Fishermen’s organization was held in New Delhi, India. The memories of WFF in 1997 lay etched in the pages of history because it wrote a new form of working pattern for the fisher folk community. They were entitled to more considerable pride in their profession; they earned solidarity from supporting entities on the global platform and finally saw unity in their different departments serving the fisheries.

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