CMBC: Report Launch March 16 – “Illuminating Hidden Harvests” analysis of small scale fisheries

Dear CMBC members, alumni, and friends, 

Join online to listen-in and celebrate the global launch of FAO’s “Illuminating Hidden Harvests Report” this Thursday, March 16 at 8am PT. 

Our very own Dr. Mar Mancha-Cisneros, CMBC’s Sustainable Seafood Project Manager was instrumental in this effort and it is linked to our Sustainable Seafood Initiative.

Registration for the virtual portion of the event can be done here (and there is a link in the attached flyer too). Mar will be present as a panelist representing the academic sector in the second session of the day (11am-12:30 pm New York (EDT) / 4-5:30 pm Rome (CET) / 8am-9:30am San Diego (Pacific).

The event: 

The Global Launch of the Illuminating Hidden Harvests report will take place on March 16th 2023 through a hybrid event that will be happening twice that day (to accommodate 2 time zones), and where we will recap key findings and tie them to recommendations of the report. We will have a conversation with small-scale fisheries stakeholders from government, small-scale fisheries organizations, and research/academic representatives, and will be building off of the 23 November 2021 IHH Key Findings webinar to explore how the methods and findings can transform understanding of national small-scale fisheries and contribute to improvements in policy, legislation, statistics, and monitoring as well as targeted support and recognition of small-scale fisheries. 

The project: 

Illuminating Hidden Harvests (IHH) is a global initiative of FAO, Duke University, and WorldFish to generate and disseminate new evidence about the importance of small-scale fisheries to inform policy and practice. A major output is the Illuminating Hidden Harvest: The contributions of small-scale fisheries to sustainable development (IHH) report, which assesses the current environmental, economic, gender, food security and nutrition, and governance dimensions of small-scale fisheries globally. Over 800 authors and experts worldwide contributed to the report. Mar’s role was as Technical Lead of the study and a member of the core team of researchers leading the initiative.

Congratulations, Mar!



Mar’s involvement:

The Sustainable Seafood Initiative at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (CMBC), which connects key disciplines of sustainable development (such as environmental, economic, and social/cultural) across small-scale, middle-ground, and large-scale fisheries, and bridges CMBC’s expertise in fisheries biology, ecology, economics, and policy with involvement and impact in food systems. Through this initiative, we are interested in connecting research collaborations across the sustainable seafood space. The soon-to-be published Illuminating Hidden Harvests report, which represents a novel, multidisciplinary approach to assess and understand small-scale fisheries, is an example of these connections between fisheries and food systems that can help the Sustainable Seafood Initiative at CMBC expand its portfolio exploring the role of small-scale fisheries to providing food and nutrition security, as well as in supporting retail industry partners towards the integration of local supply chains, particularly sourced from small-scale fisheries. 


Kind regards, 

Mar —
Maria del Mar Mancha-Cisneros, PhD

Sustainable Seafood Project ManagerCenter for Marine Biodiversity and ConservationScripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego | (she/her/hers)

Allison Kellum, MASOperations Coordinator, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San | (858) 822-2790 | (she/her/hers)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is built on the unceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. Today, the Kumeyaay people continue to maintain their political sovereignty and cultural traditions as vital members of the San Diego community. I acknowledge their tremendous contributions to our region and thank them for their stewardship. Whose land are you on?

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