Coastal Fisheries Programme
Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin #04
Number 4 - March 1999


Coordinator: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Community Fisheries Officer, P.O. BOX D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia Fax +687 263818

Production: Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax +687 263818.

Prepared with financial assistance from Australia, France and New Zealand.

Editor's note

The fourth of the SPC Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin issue reflects the understanding that subsistence and artisanal fishing communities should be considered as a whole rather than separating men’s and women’s fishing activities. The bulletin continues to provide articles of interest and concern to women directly involved in fisheries activities, but will also include information on small-scale fishing activities and other items of interest to fishing communities around the region.


• Subsistence fishing refers to the capture of fish for the family/community.

• Artisanal fishing refers to small-scale fishing to supply the local market.


This issue of the bulletin reports on the activities of the SPC Community Fisheries Section (formely the Women's Fisheries Development Section), including a workshop in Vanuatu, the preliminary findings of the Palau field survey, follow up activities in Niue and future work planned.


News from around the region includes drying of fish in Tonga, shark fishing in the Solomon Islands, a review of women in fisheries in Kiribati, traditional fishing practices in Palau and Native Title claim to the sea in Australia. Outside the region we have a report on the International Symposium on Women in Asian Fisheries held in Thailand in November 1998, news of the success of women seaweed farmers in Africa and an extensive review of fishing methods in the atolls of Lakshadweep, off the southwest coast of India.


Details and reviews of books and publications appear at the end of this issue.

This bulletin also marks the changeover of coordinators. Aliti Vunisea has done a wonderful job with the last three bulletins, despite the logistical problems involved in gathering information and ensuring publication of the New Caledonian produced bulletin from her base in Fiji. The role of coordinator will, for now, be performed by the SPC Community Fisheries Officer in Noumea.

Once again, as with every bulletin, we are crying out for articles and pictures! Information you might like to have published in the next issue could include:


• fishing techniques and equipment,
• research activities,
• development and management projects,
• community initiatives (cooperatives, local projects),
• training opportunities,
• conferences,
• books and publications, and
• issues that may impact on fishing communities (forestry, agriculture, tourism, pollution etc.).

We also welcome any questions, requests for information, contact addresses and other relevant information about institutions and individuals who should be receiving this bulletin. Articles can be in French or English and the bulletin is published separately in both languages.

Inquiries and articles should be addressed to:


Lyn Lambeth
Secretariat of the Pacific Community
B.P. D5
98848 Noumea Cedex
New Caledonia

Ph: +687 26 20 00
Fax: +687 26 38 18
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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