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4WSFC Africa

November 20 - 23, 2022

Cape Town, South Africa

The congress will start on Sunday November 20th to celebrate
World Fisheries Day & IYAFA 2022. Details below. 

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Leaderships in Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries

Leading by Examples

The congress theme for the 4WSFC AFRICA, ‘Leading by Examples: Leaderships for Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries,’ recognizes the many examples, lessons and experiences that individual, communities, governments, inter-governmental organizations, and other supporting institutions have in the efforts to build and enhance capacity for sustainable small-scale fisheries. The focus on “leaderships” is a tribute to the immense progress that has been made in the past decade by all sectors, in elevating the profile of small-scale fisheries and in advancing understanding about them. It is also meant to inspire more actions and collaboration to continue to promote and support small-scale fisheries.

While many of the challenges facing small-scale fisheries in Africa are common in other regions, some are unique, requiring innovative solutions at local, national and regional levels. In addition to exchanging knowledge and lessons about what works well and what needs further consideration in securing sustainable future for small-scale fisheries in Africa, the congress offers a platform for deliberation about how to integrate small-scale fisheries in the discussion about Blue Economy, keeping in mind principles such as social justice, gender equity and others promoted in the SSF Guidelines.


Through interactive sessions and discussion, and with an aim to strengthen existing collaboration and build new partnership, the 4WSFC Africa congress will be organized around six main topics, to demonstrate how existing and potential leaderships in small-scale fisheries can lead to better mutual outcomes.







We invite participation from fishers and fishing communities, industry, government and intergovernmental organizations, financial institutions, civil society, and academia, interested in small-scale fisheries sustainability in Africa. We encourage delegates from around the continent, as well as some international researchers working in Africa, to join the congress ‘in-person’ in Cape Town. While we anticipate having about 150 ‘in-person’ participants, we will extend an invitation to delegates who wish to join virtually through the congress live-streaming platform.


The 4WSFC AFRICA is co-hosted by the Institute of Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of Western Cape, South Africa, in partnership with TBTI Global and with support from the African Development Bank and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. We welcome organizations interested in supporting sustainable small-scale fisheries to join as partners to this initiative and help contribute to the development of the congress program and to support the participation of delegates.

Abstract submission for the  4WSFC Africa has been closed. If you have submitted an abstract but have not received a confirmation of submission, please contact

The congress will start on Sunday November 20th to celebrate the World Fisheries Day and IYAFA 2022. This is a fisher/community event, which will be held in Hout Bay (transportation will be provided). The main congress will be held on Monday Nov 21st to Wednesday Nov 23rd, at Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town.


1) For in-person participants

➡ Regular fee: USD 200

➡ Discounted registration: USD 100 (for students and fishers). Note that there is a limited number of discounted registrations available and you may need to pay the regular fee.

The registration fee includes access to all sessions (including the visit to Kalk Bay on Sunday Nov 20th), coffee breaks, lunches, and reception.

2) For those attending the congress virtually, registration is offered free of charge



All congress sessions will be recorded in the Zoom Events platform and posted on the TBTI YouTube channel. By registering for the congress, you are agreeing that you may be recorded or live-streamed at this event and that the recording of the event may be available for public viewing. The recordings as well as any material collected during a recording or a live-stream (images, voice or name) will be used for non-commercial purposes only.

​The registration is now CLOSED      

Sunday community event, November 20  

The community event is for 'in-person' participants only (no streaming live due to Internet connectivity). Highlights from the event will be posted on the website at a later stage. 

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In-person attendance

The congress will be held at the Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa, 1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Lagoon Beach, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa.


The congress starts with the community event on Sunday, November 20. to celebrate the World Fisheries Day and IYAFA 2022. This is a fisher/community event, which will be held in Hout Bay. The main congress program takes place from November 21-23.

Registered participants can pick up the name badge and the congress program at the Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa, starting on Monday, November 21st at 8:00. Coffee breaks and lunches will be provided for all three days.


In-person presenters of the contributed papers sessions are asked to email their PowerPoint presentations to by Thursday, November 17th. When sending the presentation, please put your name and session number in the subject line. If you are part of plenary or special session, please send your presentation to the session organizers.


Session organizers/chairs & speakers should come to the room where their session will be held 15 minutes before the session start time. A technical host will be there to assist you. While your presentation will already be uploaded to the designated laptop in the room, we recommend the presenters also bring a copy of their presentation on a USB drive. Note that because of the hybrid format, it will not be possible to present from your own laptop.


If you are presenting in a parallel session (i.e., special session or session with contributed papers), please ensure that during you talk, you stand in front of the main laptop (the one connected to the projector) to ensure the online audience can see and hear you.


Photos and videos may be taken during the congress, as part of the congress organization. If you do not wish to be photographed, make sure to express this at the time of your registration at the Registration Desk so that we can mark your name badge accordingly. Your name badge must be clearly visible during congress events and sessions.

Virtual attendance

The congress in run on Zoom Events Platform ( Before the congress, we strongly recommend that you login into the congress lobby and familiarize yourself with the platform (see below for details).



If you are presenting virtually, there is no need to send your PowerPoint presentations to the congress secretariat, unless specified by your session organizers. You will need to log into the congress lobby and join your session 15 minutes before the session start time (using the special ‘panelist’ ticket, which will be sent to you). You will be able to share your screen and present when it is your turn. Instructions on how to access the congress lobby and attend session are posted below.


How to attend sessions virtually? 


If you have registered online, you have a ticket, which you secured through your Zoom account. Your ticket confirmation, which was sent to your email, should look similar to the two examples below (check your spam folder if you can't see the message). If you have not received this message, your registration was not successful. In that case, email

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Go to Zoom Events ( and sign into your Zoom Events account using the same login information as when you registered for the congress.


Open the 'Tickets' tab, find the event and click on the 'Join lobby'. [The images below are for illustrative purpose only so please make sure you select the 4WSFC Africa 'Leading by Examples' lobby.]

You will be able to join the lobby via web browser OR from your Zoom desktop application.
We recommend to join via web browser as it is a more convenient way to access the lobby. 


If you do choose to 'Join via Zoom Instead' option, follow these steps:

  • install the 'Zoom Client for Meetings' desktop application:

  • sign in using the same Zoom login you used when registering for the congress

  • leave the desktop application running in the background

  • go to the congress page ( and press the 'Join lobby' button.

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​Once you are in the lobby, you will be able to see the full list of sessions and participate. To do so, click on the 'Session' in the top right menu.


In the session menu, locate the session(s) that you are part of or are interested in. You can also add them to your 'Itinerary' tab by selecting the little flag in the session window.


At the start of the session, the 'join' button in the session window will become clickable - then, simply click on it and enter the session.


If you are a speaker or a chair/moderator, you will be able to enter your session 15 minutes before the session officially starts.

All settings in the congress sessions, including audio and video controls, screen sharing and chat functions as well as other settings are identical to those in regular Zoom Webinars.


For more information about Zoom Events, please read this article:

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The congress will be held at the Lagoon Beach Hotel & Spa, 1 Lagoon Gate Drive, Lagoon Beach, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa.

Travel Arrangements and Airport Transfers

Airport transfers are your responsibility to arrange and for your own account. Below are a list of service providers which we can recommend:

​​1 – 3 passengers R 330 per way
4 – 6 passengers R 550 per way
8 – 12 passengers R 850 per way
More than 10 passengers would require a trailer at an additional rate of R300

Payment can be made on arrival at the hotel at the Travel Desk at the front entrance

When arranging the airport transport, please provide the following information:
Travellers Name & Surname
Collection Date
Collection Time
Flight Number
Number of Passengers
Contact Number while in South Africa


South Africa Visa Requirements

For details about visa, visit: 

COVID-19 Protocols

Please read the South African travel restrictions before travelling from your respective location.

Yellow Fever 

The yellow fever certificate may be required to enter the Republic of South Africa. Specifically, those journeying from yellow fever risk countries need to show proof of yellow fever vaccination by means of a valid yellow fever certificate. This also applies to those who have transited through a yellow fever risk country.

Currency, weather and other local information  

The local currency in South Africa is the South African Rand (ZAR). South Africa has one of the most advanced banking systems and a network of outlets for money transactions, cash withdrawals and forex exchanges. The current exchange rate for the US Dollar is R 17 to USD1. There are various ATM facilities available.


The weather conditions in Cape Town are comfortable temperatures, but windy, with chances of rain. The average temperature fluctuates between 19°C (66°F) and 24°C (75°F). For more information, please visit the South African Weather Service.

Electricity power in South Africa is 220-230 volts running at 50Hz. The plug types are 3-pin or 2-pin. Illustrations are below.

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International Organizing Committee

Ratana Chuenpagdee (Chair)

Memorial University, NL, Canada

Shehu Latunji Akintola

Lagos State University, Nigeria

Foluke Omotayo Areola

Lagos State University, Nigeria

Esther Fondo

Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute, Kenya 

Katrina Hilundwa 

Benguela Current Commission, Namibia 

Motseki Hlatshwayo  

Southern African Development Community (SADC), Botswana


Moenieba Isaacs (Co-chair)

PLAAS/U. of Western Cape, South Africa

Jemimah Etornam Kassah

University of Education, Ghana

Ahmed Khan

 African Development Bank, Cote d’Ivoire

Joseph Luomba

Tanzanian Fisheries Research Institute, Tanzania 

Friday Njaya

Malawi Fisheries Department, Malawi

Aliou Sall 

CREDETIP, Senegal 


Rashid Sumaila

University of British Columbia, Canada


2022 International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA)

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2022 the International Year for Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022). IYAFA aims to enhance understanding of, raise awareness, and support the contributions of small-scale and artisanal fisheries and aquaculture to sustainable development around the world; specifically their role in food security, nutrition provision, poverty eradication, and sustainable use of natural resources. IYAFA 2022 also aims to promote sharing and collaboration among small-scale fishers, fishworkers, fishfarmers, and stakeholders to support policy co-development. 


The IYAFA Global Action Plan (GAP) promotes inclusive value chains, gender equity and equality, awareness and resilience to climate change and disasters, sustainable use of biodiversity, empowering fishers, building partnerships, and nourishing nations by, with, and for artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. These key messages are the foundation of IYAFA, and will help guide sustainable development in the years to come. 

The 4th World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress series is part of IYAFA. We recognize and celebrate the billions of people whose lives and livelihoods are artisanal fisheries and aquaculture around the world. 

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