4WSFC Latin America & the Caribbean

October 24 - 27, 2022

Merida, Mexico

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Stronger Together: Building a Path Toward Sustainable Resources and Viable Communities

Juntos Más Fuertes: Construyendo el Camino Hacia Recursos Sostenibles y Comunidades Viables

Plus Forts Ensemble: Construire Une Voie Vers des Ressources Durables et des Communautés Viables

Mais Fortes Juntos: Construindo um Caminho em Direção a Recursos Sustentáveis e Comunidades Viáveis

The congress theme for the 4WSFC Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC), ‘Stronger Together: Building a Path Toward Sustainable Resources and Viable Communities,’ recognizes that a strong future for small-scale fisheries depends on both sustainable resources and viable communities. There is no easy trade-off between the two, but hard choices will need to be made about all aspects of fisheries. The discussion is not about small-scale fisheries alone but also about large-scale, industrialized fisheries and other uses and activities in the ocean and other aquatic ecosystems. In fact, the difficult decisions that need to be made about the future of fisheries – with due consideration on small-scale fisheries – require inclusive and thoughtful processes, based on trusting relationships and building capacity at all levels. All types of knowledge (scientific and traditional), data and information, local and regional governance, and strong organizations, are among the key elements that can foster productive deliberation about what needs to happen in the region rich with resources and diverse cultural and economic capacity like the LAC. 

The 4WSFC LAC regional congress is an important opportunity for small-scale fishers, civil society, non-government and governmental organizations, decision-makers, practitioners and researchers working or interested in small-scale fisheries and related topics to come together to discuss what needs to be done to strengthen the existing capacity and networks, as well as building new ones, in order to achieve sustainable resources and viable communities. The discussion is timely as the region, and indeed the world, is struggling to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and dealing with climate change crisis. While the latter has serious consequences on small-scale fishing communities, they have shown to be highly robust and resilient, and thus can offer valuable lessons, not only in coping with change, but also how to be the leader in climate-friendly fishing practices and in a food production system.

Through interactive sessions and discussion, and with an aim to strengthen existing collaboration and build new partnerships, the 4WSFC LAC regional congress will be organized around six main topics, taking into consideration the inter-linkages between environmental, social, cultural, governance, and economic components associated with small-scale fisheries. 

Strengthening CAPACITY & ASSETS





Strengthening VALUE CHAIN

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 and viability in LAC. We encourage delegates from around the continent, as well as some international researchers working in LAC, to join the congress ‘in-person’ in Merida. While we anticipate having about 150 ‘in-person’ participants, we extend an invitation to delegates who wish to join virtually through the congress live-streaming platform.


 The 4WSFC LAC is co-hosted by the CINVESTAV Merida, in partnership with TBTI Global with support of the 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 from the region.

Abstract submission for the  4WSFC Latin America and the Caribbean has been closed. If you have submitted an abstract but have not received a confirmation of submission, please contact 4wsfcongress@gmail.com.



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.

In-person attendance
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.

​Registration is now open. Deadline to register is September 30.    

Registration fees:

1) Paid registration for in-person or hybrid attendance

➡ Regular fee: USD 300

➡ Discounted registration: USD 200 (for students and fishers). Note that the number of discounted registration is limited and those registered late may need to pay the regular fee.

The registration fee includes access to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunches, and reception. ​​No on-site registration will be available.

The participants will also have an option to register for the field trip on Monday, Oct 24. There will be no additional fee associated with the field trip but the space is limited and reservations will be provided on a 'first-come-first-served' basis. To reserve your space in the field trip, make sure to complete the online registration via Zoom AND pay the registration fee as soon as possible.

2) No cost registration for virtual attendance only (all sessions)

➡ For those not attending the congress in-person (virtual attendance only), registration is offered free of charge.

How to register

All congress participants, including those participating in-person AND those attending virtually, need to register through the Zoom Events platform by September 30*. Once this is completed, those attending in-person will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the payment and finalize their registration. Please note it may take several days before you will receive this email.

*For those presenting an individual paper or are part of a special session, if you do not register by September 30th, we will assume that you are no longer able to participate in the congress and thus you will be removed from the program.

Note: to complete the registration on Zoom Events platform, you will need to have a Zoom account. Use an existing account, if you have it. Otherwise, create a new one.

In-person attendance

The congress will be held at the Centro Internacional de Congresos de Yucatán, C. 62 305-307, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico.

The congress starts with the field trip on October 24. The main congress program takes place from October 25-27.


There are also a couple of side events on Friday October 28th, organized by congress partners Walton, WWF and Oceana. Invitations and information about these events will be directly communicated by them. ​


If you’re part of the contributed paper session, you have a total of 15 minutes for your presentation (including Q&A). Speed presentations have been allocated 5 minutes. If you are part of a special session, please follow the instructions from the session organizers.

Additional guidelines for in-person attendees will be posted closer to the congress date.

Virtual attendance

The congress in run on Zoom Events Platform (https://bit.ly/3RbuIo5). 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’re part of the contributed paper session, you have a total of 15 minutes for your presentation (including Q&A). Speed presentations have been allocated 5 minutes. If you are part of a special session, please follow the instructions from the session organizers.

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. The instructions on how to access the congress lobby and attend session will be posted closer to the congress date.

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 this (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 4wsfcongress@gmail.com.

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Go to Zoom Events (https://events.zoom.us/) 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 LAC 'Stronger together' 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: https://zoom.us/download

  • 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 (https://bit.ly/3R1X1WB) 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: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/4404105243405

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The congress will take place at the Centro Internacional de Congresos de Yucatán, C. 62 305-307, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico.

Holiday Inn is the designated hotel for the congress. More information about the special congress rate at this hotel for those planning to join in-person is provided below. There are also several alternative hotels near the congress venue. We encourage you to book your accommodations early.

When planning your trip, please keep in mind that aside from arriving at the Mérida International Airport, you can also fly into Cancun International Airport and take a bus (ADO Aeropuerto) from there to Merida. For details about ADO Aeropuerto, click here

​​​Map of the area surrounding the International Congress Center (CIC) and Holiday Inn Hotel (HI)

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​​List of accommodations walking distance from the venue close to International Congress Center (CIC)


Address: Av. Colon No. 498 entre calle 60 y Av. Paseo de Montejo. Centro CP. 97000

Phone: 52 999 942 8800

Email: remanager@hinnmerida.com

Web site: Holiday Inn Merida - CODE for reservation WSF- $128 single; $145 double


Address: Av. Carlos Torre Reppeto 495. Centro CP. 97000

Phone: 52 999 254 3800

Email: contactoh6928@accor.com

Web Site: Hotel IBIS - $55-60 single and double


Address: Av. Paseo de Montejo 438. Centro CP. 97000

Phone: 52 927 7777

Email: reservaciones@hotelvictoriamerida.com

Web Site: Hotel Victoria - $65


Address: Calle 60 Norte #388-I Por Calle 27 y Calle 29, Alcalá Martín, 97050

PhonE/WhatsApp: 52 999 927 7252

Web Site: Hotel Marques - $40-45 standard and double

There are several restaurants nearby the International Congress Center (CIC) and Holiday Inn (HI) and over Montejo Avenue.


Tourist information, shopping, traveling, food, history, maps, medical services, etc.:



link to the magazine


Tourist map of the state of Yucatan: click here


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International Organizing Committee

Ratana Chuenpagdee (Chair)

Memorial University, NL, Canada

Alejandro Acosta

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

Joanna Alfaro Shigueto

Universidad Cientifica del Sur & ProDelphinus, Perú

Milena Arias Schreiber

University of Gothenburg, Sweden

María José Barragán Paladines

Charles Darwin Foundation - Ecuador


Silvia Salas (Co-chair)

CINVESTAV del IPN- Mérida, Mexico

Andrés Jaureguizar

Comisión de Investigaciones Científicas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sergio Macedo Gomes de Mattos

 Instituto Maramar, Brazil


Maria Pena

University of West Indies, Barbados, Caribbean

Adriana Santos

Universidad Nacional, San Andrés, Colombia


Local Organizing Committee

Eric Wade

Department of Coastal Studies at East Carolina University, Belize



Silvia Salas (Chair)


Juan Carlos Seijo

Universidad Marista de Mérida

Francisco Arreguín Sánchez



Jorge López Rocha



Edgar Torres-Irineo

Escuela Nacional de Estudios Profesionales-Mérida (ENES-UNAM)


Alejandro Espinoza-Tenorio

Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR Campeche)

Minerva Arce-Ibarra

El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR Chetumal)

Issac Rojas

Instituto Nacional de la Pesca (INAPESCA)


Gaspar Poot-López

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY)



Coordination and Logistic Support

Miguel A. Cabrera

Amigo Yucatán

Eva Coronado

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.