This report on Fisheries, the Climate Crisis and the Indian state’s response captures the discussions in a two part dialogue series on Policy and Livelihood Challenges for India’s Fishing Communities.

The collaborative dialogue series brought together representatives from small-scale fishing communities, trade unions, social movement networks, academics, researchers and civil society organisations to discuss the issues that affect the interests of India’s small-scale fishing communities, and explore future courses of action to support and strengthen these communities as well as discuss ways to ensure ecologically sustainable fishing. The first part of this Consultation summarised in a report titled “The 2022 WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies: Policy and Livelihood Challenges for India’s Fishing Communities”, discussed the implications of the recently concluded WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies, the current provision of subsidies, beneficiaries of subsidies, and policy challenges at the global and national levels. This report focuses on the climate crisis, its impact on fishers, and the Indian state’s response.

Collaborating Organisations:

  • National Fishworkers Forum (NFF)
  • National Platform for Small Scale Fish Workers (NPSSFW)
  • All India Fishers and Fisheries Workers’ Federation (AIFFWF)
  • Delhi Forum National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS)
  • All India Peoples Science Network (AIPSN)
  • Focus on the Global South


  • D. Raghunandan, All India Peoples Science Network (Moderator)
  • Sugata Hazra, Jadavpur University
  • Supriya Vohra, Independent Journalist
  • A. Biju Kumar, University of Kerala

Report compiled by: Jai Vipra