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4WSFC Asia-Pacific

May 10-13, 2022

Shizuoka City, Japan

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Building Forward Better

Under the theme ‘Building Forward Better,’ the congress aims to discuss bold, innovative ideas and strategies needed for SSF to rebalance, rebuild and revitalize, following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and climate change, set amidst the current and emerging challenges affecting their livelihoods and wellbeing. Building forward is also about being proactive and progressive in situating SSF in Asia-Pacific in a way that will accelerate their engagement in the global discourse about sustainable development, and help them be in a position to contribute to achieving SDGs.


Specifically, the congress will be organized around six main topics:


Adjusting the JUSTICE lens

Adjusting the GENDER lens

Adjusting the FOOD lens

Adjusting the GOVERNANCE lens

Adjusting the FINANCIAL lens

Adjusting the RESEARCH lens

Contributions are invited from researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups and policy makers, interested in small-scale fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region. Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until December 15, 2021.

We will continue to receive abstracts until December 31,  but priorities (in terms of space in the program) will be given to early submissions. The registration for the 4WSFC Asia-Pacific congress will open in early February, 2022. 

For those who need a bit more incentive, we are looking for people interested in establishing TBTI Country Hubs and coordinating research and capacity building activities in the country. Check out TBTI Japan for some ideas of what can be achieved once the hub is established. If you’re keen, put a team together and send a short vision statement (no more than one page) to, by January 15, 2022.  We will invite 1-2 members of the selected teams to Japan (with partial support) to present the vision and to exchange ideas with others and the congress host, TBTI Japan.

The 4WSFC Asia-Pacific is co-hosted by Tokai University and TBTI Japan, in partnership with Shizuoka City, TBTI Global and other key organizations.

Asia-Pacific Abstract Submissio


Shimizu Terrsa, Shizuoka City, Japan

Shimizu Terrsa, located in Shizuoka City, will host the in-person congress events. Find more information about Shimizu Terrsa here.



The congress venue is near Shimizu Station, and it takes 5 min walk from the station to the venue. There are many hostels and B&B near Shimizu Station and Shizuoka Station for participants to choose from. Shizuoka Station is three stations away from Shimizu Station, and it takes about 12 min by the Tōkaidō Line from Shizuoka Station to Shimizu Station. You can explore some options by visiting the links below.  Please stay tuned for more updates!


Japan Travel                  Visit Shizuoka                     JAPANiCAN

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Local Organizing Committee

Yinji Li (Chair)

Tokai University

Izumi Seki

Tokai University

Tamano Namikawa

Japanese Institute of Fisheries Infrastructure and Communities

Sachiko Harada

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Alyne Delaney

Tohoku University

Kumi Soejima

Setsunan University

Tsutom Miyata

Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences

Ryutaro Kamiyama

Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency

International Planning Committee

Ratana Chuenpagdee (Chair)

TBTI Global

Alice Ferrer

University of the Philippines Visayas, Philippenes​

Mahmud Islam

Sylhet Agricultural University, Bangladesh

Derek Johnson

University of Manitoba, Canada / Dried Fish Matters (DFM) Project

Yinji Li (Co-chair)

Tokai University, Japan / TBTI Japan

Prateep Nayak

University of Waterloo, Canada / From Vulnerability to Viability (V2V) Partnership

Suvaluck Satumanatphan

Mahidol University, Thailand / TBTI Thailand

Andrew Song

University of Technology Sydney, Australia

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