Catch of the Day

Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 6)


Beginning in our own narratives about eating fish, Alison and Rita discuss broad issues related to environmental justice for the fishers who struggle to maintain their livelihoods against policies that promote private profit over sustainability. Our stories take us from Canada and continental Portugal to the Azorean Islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean where we have been doing research and community work in collaboration with artisanal and small-scale fishers for the past ten years. In discussing history of governance and politics of fisheries in Europe, we outline the struggles for fishing communities. Underneath these stories lie values and images, such as “alive and kicking”, that could support the sustainability of oceans and the well-being of fishing communities. Unfortunately, myths and stereotypes about fishers and categorizing industrial scale fishing as the same as that done by people who have deep connections with fish as living neighbours, not dead “resources”, are powerful and prevalent. Listening to the voices of fishers tell about living as part of ocean ecosystems while negotiating economic and political systems which champion unlimited growth is a useful way to deal with these complex issues in formal classroom teaching as well as informal and nonformal environmental education.


Azores Artisanal fishing Environmental justice Food Reflexive practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Social Studies, Colégio de S. JerónimoUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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