Coastal Fisheries Programme
Number 21 - December 2010


Coordinator: Veikila Vuki, Marine Laboratory, University of Guam, UOG Station, PO Box 5214, Mangilao, Guam 96913.

Production: Information Section, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia.

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

Editor's note

Welcome to the 21st issue of the Women in Fisheries Bulletin, which highlights gender roles in coastal fisheries, women’s fishing activities in urban and rural communities, and gender issues in development.

In this edition, there are two papers on seaweed farming, from Solomon Islands and Fiji. In the case study from Solomon Islands, Mecki Kronen et al. describe the results of socio-economic household surveys carried out on Wagina Island, Choiseul Province. The surveys indicated that seaweed farming was done as a family enterprise and the annual labour input was dominated by men (68%). There were reductions in men’s fishing activities because of their involvement in seaweed farming. The number of women participating in seaweed farming positively correlated with households’ revenue from seaweed farming. In the article on seaweed farming in Fiji, Lal and Vuki review seaweed farming’s historical development and challenges. They also briefly explain the roles of men and women.

In ‘Women’s fishing activities on Aniwa Island, Tafea Province, South Vanuatu’, Raneva and Vuki describe the contributions of men and women to household fish consumption. The types of fishing gear used by different genders and species targeted by each type of fishing gear are also mentioned. It seems that over the years, fishing activities on Aniwa have not changed dramatically and although it may seem ineffective, fishing has provided a sustained protein source for most households on the island. In the article ‘Sources of help in how to gather gender disaggregated fisheries data’, Meryl Williams raises an important issue about the need to collect gender disaggregated data. She provides some useful sources of information that can be used and adapted to fisheries and aquaculture.

A paper by Vuki et al. on people’s perceptions of marine reserves in Guam shows strong support for the establishment of marine reserves. The Chamorro people from the southern part of the island indicated their support for community-based conservation restrictions on harvest of certain species of fish and restrictions on fishing gear types.

Three papers have been reprinted from Yemaya with permission. The article ‘Climate Troubles’ discusses the challenges of climate change in the Philippines and how women have coped. In the paper ‘Behind every boat, a woman, a family and a community’, Brian O’Riordan et al. noted that the European Network of Women’s Organization in Fisheries and Aquaculture (AKTEA) is rapidly growing and the participation of women in formulating policies is important in fisheries management. This paper challenges the absence of women’s contributions to European Commission policy consultations on fisheries. The article by Veronica Yepez ‘Painting the Diversity of Mangroves’ discusses the challenges women in Ecuador face as a result of the destruction of mangrove habitats. She describes in detail women’s stories about how mangrove destruction has affected women and their families.

The ‘Letters and news from around the region’ section consists of a letter from Dr Tim Adams commenting on an article by Thomas Malm in the 20th issue of the bulletin. This section also includes an article by Felix Chaudhary on a fish pond in Fiji that dried up. The article describes the impact of drought on tilapia aquaculture.

Lastly, the cartoon called Yemaya Mama expresses clearly the need not to exclude women from community fisheries or aquaculture meetings. Women are often left out, although they are expected to take active role in fisheries and aquaculture development and management.

I welcome any feedback on the articles in this issue of the Women in Fisheries Bulletin and encourage you to submit articles on women and community fishing issues from your country or your region.

Veikila Vuki



Gender and seaweed farming on Wagina Island, Choiseul Province in Solomon Islands
Kronen M., Meloti A., Ponia B., Pickering T., Diake S., Kama J., Kenilolerie P., Ngwaerobo J., Teitelbaum A. (pdf: 443 KB)
The historical development of seaweed farming, including roles of men and women, and prospects for its future development in Fiji
Lal A., Vuki V. (pdf: 211 KB)
Women’s fishing activities on Aniwa Island, Tafea Province, South Vanuatu
Gereva S.R., Vuki V. (pdf: 472 KB)
Some sources of help in how to gather gender disaggregated data
Williams M.J. (pdf: 51 KB)
People’s perception on the establishment of marine reserves: The case of Chamorro villagers in southern Guam
Vuki V., Garces G., Quinata L. (pdf: 458 KB)
Climate trouble
Dalisay S.N.M. (pdf: 54 KB)
Behind every boat, a woman, a family, a community…!
O’Riordan B., Quist C., Frangoudes K. (pdf: 55 KB)
Painting the diversity of mangroves
Yépez V. (pdf: 92 KB)

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