Coastal Fisheries Programme
Issue #31 (March 2020)

Editor's note

Happy International Women’s Day! This 31st issue of the Pacific Community’s Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin includes eighteen original articles from Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands. Topics covered include tuna, roles of women as fishers and sellers in small-scale fisheries, and gender considerations for coastal livelihoods. Chelcia Gomese from WorldFish and colleagues share an innovative participatory methodology called “photovoice” to capture the viewpoints of local fishers and the value of fisheries in Solomon Islands. For those who want a bit of inspiration, we have profiled a fisheries observer debriefer and assessor from the highlands of Papua New Guinea who found herself drawn to the sea, a local fisherwoman from Fiji who wants to fish all day long, and two Fijian Master of Science graduates returned home and working in the women in fisheries space. We welcome two new Fijian authors to the bulletin. Chinnamma Reddy recently completed a Master of Science looking at the socio-political and socio-economic relationships between customary fishing rights owners and users in Fiji. She writes a short, poignant piece to share the “hidden voices” of three Indo-Fijian women engaged in the fisheries sector. Bulou Vitukawalu, with a Master of Science in aquaculture, summarises a study by the Wildlife Conservation Society to understand the barriers and opportunities for women seafood vendors in municipal markets in Fiji. As the Pacific-European Union Marine Partnership (PEUMP) program gets up and running, staff from the Pacific Community (SPC) present a review of Pacific gender and fisheries literature to understand women’s and men’s roles, contributions and challenges in the fisheries sector. SPC partnered with the University of the South Pacific to trial new training focused on gender, social inclusion and human rights-based approaches in the fisheries sector, which will be rolled out in 2020. On International Women’s Day, we would like to acknowledge and stand in solidarity with all those women and men who are advocating and fighting for gender equality in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Sangeeta Mangubhai



Gender in tuna value chains:Case studies from Indonesia and Solomon Islands
Barclay K., McClean N., S.Adhuri D., Sulu R. and Fabinyi M (pdf: 1 MB)
Beyond gender-blind livelihoods: Considerations for coastal livelihood initiatives
Lawless S., Cohen P., Siota F., Orirana G.,Doyle K. and McDougall C. (pdf: 598 KB)
Hidden figures: The role of Indo-Fijian women in coastal fisheries
Chinnamma Reddy (pdf: 408 KB)
Valuing the critical roles and contributions of women fishers to food security and livelihoods in Fiji
S.Thomas A., Mangubhai S., Fox M., Lalavanua W., Meo S., Naisilisili W., Ralifo A., Veitayaki J. and Waqairatu S (pdf: 1 MB)
Addressing barriers and constraints to gender equality and social inclusion of women seafood sellers in municipal markets in Fiji
Vitukawalu B., Mangubhai S., Berdejo V., Naleba M., Nand Y. and Ieli P. (pdf: 1 MB)
Capturing the value of fisheries using photovoice
Gomese C., Panasasa C. and Sibiti S. (pdf: 583 KB)
Recognising the role of women in fisheries: A priority for fisheries sustainability in the 21st century
Misk R, Gee J., Agostini V. and Fernandez Reguera D. (pdf: 458 KB)
Training on gender, social inclusion and human rights-based approaches at the University of the South Pacific
Makhoul N. and Morris C. (pdf: 652 KB)
Bridging fishers’ and Western scientific knowledges to farm sea cucumbers in a community setting in Palau
Ferguson C., Singeo A. and Ferrier-Loh A. (pdf: 561 KB)
Dialogues in gender and coastal aquaculture: Gender and the seaweed farming value chain
Anon. (pdf: 234 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Rachael Luru
Anon. (pdf: 218 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Arieta Rasiga.
Anon. (pdf: 240 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Emma Kabua-Tibon
Anon. (pdf: 210 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Margaret Fox
Anon. (pdf: 263 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Nanise Kuridrani Tuqiri
Anon. (pdf: 296 KB)
A review of Pacific gender and fisheries literature
Makhoul N. and Kinch J. (pdf: 210 KB)
Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society
Anon. (pdf: 131 KB)

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Coordinator: Sangeeta Mangubhai, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society– Fiji Country Program, Fiji

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

Prepared with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union, France and the New Zealand Aid Program

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