World Forum of Fisher People (WFFP)

The World Forum of Fisher Peoples (WFFP) is a mass-based social movement of small-scale fisher people from across the world, founded on 21 November 1997 in New Delhi, India, by a number of mass-based organizations from the Global South. WFFP was established in response to the increasing pressure being placed on small-scale fisheries, including habitat destruction, anthropogenic pollution, encroachment on small-scale fishing territories by the large scale fishing fleets, illegal fishing and overfishing. Years later climate change was added to the list of threats that WFFP addresses in its work.

WFFP protects, defends, and strengthens the communities that depend on the fishery for their livelihood. They represent the small scale, artisanal fishers’ interest at the international level and play the role of global political organ of the same communities.