Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH): A snapshot of key findings

Date and Time
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EST
Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH): A snapshot of key findings


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Due out in 2022, the Illuminating Hidden Harvest (IHH) report ties together the efforts of nearly 800 authors and experts to contribute to a more complete picture of small-scale fisheries. Drawing on a tapestry of methods, including 58 country and territory case studies, the report examines the current environmental, social, economic and governance contributions of marine and inland small-scale fisheries at global and local scales. In this webinar, the IHH chapter leads will share a few key findings from the report and respond to audience members' questions during the Q&A session.

The 90-minute webinar is being held twice to account for different time zones:

  • 8-9:30 am Rome (CEST) / 2-3:30 pm Bangkok (ICT) / 6-7:30 pm Sydney (AEST)
  • 10-11:30 am New York (EST) / 12-1:30 pm Sao Paulo (BRT) / 4-5:30 pm Rome (CEST)

About the IHH initiative

Led by FAO, Duke University, and WorldFish, the IHH initiative aims to generate and disseminate new evidence about the importance of small-scale fisheries to inform policy and practice. A major output of the initiative is a comprehensive research report based on a new and novel methodology. Due out in 2022, the IHH report looks holistically at the social, environmental, governance and economic contributions of small-scale fisheries globally.

The IHH findings will contribute to the growing body of evidence on the role and values of small-scale fisheries. Critically, the initiative will help to put much needed data and information into the hands of countries, regions and small-scale fisheries advocates to emphasize the diverse and vital contributions of small-scale fisheries.


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Welcome remarks:

  • Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish
  • Toddi Steelman, Stanback Dean, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Key findings: Presented by the IHH report leads on the social and nutrition, gender, environment, economic and governance dimensions:

  • Dave Mills, WorldFish
  • Sarah Harper, University of British Columbia, and Danika Kleiber, formerly WorldFish and James Cook University
  • Nico Gutierrez and Simon Funge-Smith, FAO
  • Nicole Franz, FAO, and John Virdin, Duke University
  • Xavier Basurto, Duke University

Question and answer: Participants will be invited to ask questions to the webinar speakers

Closing remarks:

  • Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Division, FAO.

Participants are encouraged to submit any questions in advance by emailing

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