Network Organization

Coastal Justice Network

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  • activism,
  • advocacy,
  • social justice,
  • small-scale fishers,
  • environmental protection,
  • human rights,
  • blue economy
Target Group
  • Community workers,
  • Policy makers,
  • Students,
  • Teachers,
  • Youth
  • English
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The Coastal Justice Network is a collaborative group of small-scale fishers, environmental justice organizations, and researchers in South Africa.

The Coastal Justice Network is a growing network of small scale fisher leaders, environmental justice organizations and researchers responding collaboratively to a range of injustices along the South African coastline. This new formation builds on several decades of work by small-scale fishers and their partner organisations towards realising social and ecological justice in ocean governance. At the onset of COVID-19 lockdown, the Coastal Justice Network emerged from this ongoing and collaborative work, with a particular focus on support for self-organising and strategic networking amongst small scale fishers. Despite long years of struggle, social, historical, economic and environmental injustices along South Africa’s coastline persist, and have deepened as the push for economic expansion through the Blue Economy is intensified. We have worked collaboratively to respond to offshore oil and gas expansion, lack of proper public participation in marine spatial planning, small-scale fisheries policy failures, water crises in coastal communities, COVID lockdown related oppressions, human rights violations in marine protected areas, coastal mining expansion, blocking of small-scale fishers’ rights by industrial fishing associations, and other issues.