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Keeping fishers safe at sea

Highlighting the safety challenges faced on a daily basis by small scale fishers in Africa at an official side event at this year’s United Nations Oceans Conference.



Fishing at sea is the most dangerous occupation in the world. Around 32,000 fatalities occur each year according to conservative estimates by the FAO in 2020. Exact figures are unavailable however and this is likely to be considerably lower that the true figure due to patchy data from those countries who do report fatalities and many countries not reporting at all.

To shine a light on this issue, Lloyd’s Register Foundation has commissioned a powerful documentary Two Kinds of Water which charts the unbreakable bond between a fisherman and his wife as they face often unbearable challenges fighting to keep their young family afloat in one of Africa’s most vulnerable fishing communities.

They tell a unique and powerful story which raises awareness and understanding of the safety challenges faced everyday by these small-scale artisanal fishers as they battle climate change, reducing stocks and threats from larger vessels – all while embracing and celebrating the oceans which form such an important part of their culture, their history and ultimately, their survival.

The films have been produced by Dan McDougall from Miran Media. Dan is an award-winning Film Director, Writer and British Foreign Correspondent of the Year who has reported overtly and covertly from over 126 countries, including some of the most hostile environments in the world. He is a Media Leader at the World Economic Forum, lectures in Human Rights Storytelling at Cambridge University, and sits on the International Board of Waterbear, the world’s first dedicated climate storytelling platform.

The event will be followed by a discussion session hosted by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and WEF (Friends of Ocean Action) to debate which interventions are most required to keep fishers safe at sea.


Place and time

The Altice Arena, side event room 2, Friday 1 July 14:30-15:45 


No registration is needed. All guests who have access to the Blue Zone are welcome to attend this event as capacity allows.

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