Women in Fisheries No 38 (September 2023)

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Number 38 (September 2023)

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Sangeeta Mangubhai, Talanoa Consulting, Fiji


Pacific Community, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, Information Section, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia.
Produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New Zealand Aid Programme.


Editor's note

This 38th edition of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin has 13 original articles, largely from the Pacific region. 

Jyanti Singh shares how a Social Responsibility Assessment Tool is being used to examine Fiji’s domestic longline fishery. The Fiji Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry wrote an inspiring story on the Women in Fisheries Network – Fiji’s efforts to support women fishers to learn to build boats. Ann Singeo shares how women fishers in Palau are cooperating to revive a depleted sea cucumber fishery. Tara Pierce writes on restorative ocean farms as nature-positive food systems that mimic the ecosystem by cultivating multiple species in one location. Three significant publications have recently come out that are worth a read. The Pacific Community has published the Pacific Handbook for Human Rights, Gender Equity and Social Inclusion in Tuna Industries, a guide designed to assist fisheries practitioners in national agencies, the private sector, training institutions and civil society organisations. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) published the Illuminating Hidden Harvests study, a mammoth report involving over 800 collaborators from around the world, including a team of over 28 gender advisors. Finally, a global review has been published on gender-based violence in fisheries that includes recommendations for fisheries practitioners and policy makers on how to work towards addressing this in their sector. 

Keep those wonderful stories, inspiring projects and publications coming. As always, I am grateful for (and in awe of) our authors who take the time to share their work. We welcome several new lead authors to the bulletin – Taati Eria, Sheryne Kanawale, Muhammad Khan, Jacqueline Lau, Tara Pierce, Ann Singeo and Jyanti Singh.

Sangeeta Mangubhai


Applying the social responsibility assessment tool to Fiji’s domestic longline fishery
Jyanti Singh (pdf: 1 MB)
Cooperation among women fishers to revive depleted sea cucumber fishery
Ann Singeo (pdf: 532 KB)
Ten women learn to build boats through the Women in Fisheries Network – Fiji
Fiji Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry (pdf: 685 KB)
Opportunities for women in restorative ocean farms
Tara A. Pierce and Ariella D’Andrea (pdf: 667 KB)
Engagement of women in fisheries in Pakistan: Two case studies
Muhammad Moazzam (pdf: 1 MB)
Gleaning fisheries in the Asia-Pacific
Jacqueline Lau, Gianna Bonis-Profumo, Chelcia Gomese, Salanieta Kitolelei, Tarryn O’Leary, Ana Pinto da Silva, Noviana Simões and Ariadna Burgos (pdf: 344 KB)
Making a case for stopping IUU fishing in Global South countries
Ayodele Oloko, Louise Teh, Sarah Harper and Kafayat Fakoya (pdf: 344 KB)
Advancing equity in small-scale fisheries management in the Pacific Islands
Cristina Ruano-Chamorro, Margaret Fox, Georgina G. Gurney, Salanieta Kitolelei, Natalie Makhoul and Sangeeta Mangubhai (pdf: 900 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles – Tikantaeka Tiim Tavita
Taati Eria and Tikantaeka Tiim Tavita (pdf: 1 MB)
Women in fisheries profiles – Sheryne Rosalia Kanawale
Sheryne Rosalia Kanawale (pdf: 749 KB)
SPC publishes a new handbook to integrate human rights, gender equity and social inclusion in tuna industries
Kate M. Barclay, Aliti Vunisea, Megan Streeter, Senoveva Mauli (pdf: 1 MB)
Gender-based violence: Relevance for fisheries practitioners
Sangeeta Mangubhai, Kate M. Barclay, Sarah Lawless and Natalie Makhoul (pdf: 290 KB)
Illuminating gender in small-scale fisheries contributions to sustainable development
Sarah Harper, Danika Kleiber and Kafayat Fakoya (pdf: 475 KB)