Coastal Fisheries Programme
Issue #32 (Sept 2020)

Editor's note

The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented health, social and economic crisis with ripple effects felt around the world. Due to the rapid closing of borders to limit the entry and spread of the coronavirus, only six Pacific Island countries and territories have had cases. While much of the initial focus has been on addressing the health crisis, governments are now looking at the follow-on impacts to different sectors.

Pandemics are not gender neutral, and there is growing evidence that women and girls are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. For example, there has been an increasing concern about the spike in gender-based violence during lockdowns and curfews, with gender agencies and organisations quick to set up helplines. Women are expected to undertake more unpaid domestic work and are more vulnerable to economic hardship. Natalia Briceño-Lagos and Marie Christine Monfort from the International Association for Women in the Seafood Industry explain the importance of using a gender lens to deal with COVID-19 risks and impacts on fisheries and aquaculture. We encourage others looking at COVID-19 impacts to submit articles to the bulletin, so we can all share and learn from your experiences.

Enjoy this 32nd issue of the Pacific Community’s Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin, which includes 16 original articles from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Myanmar. I want to highlight that gender is not an issue that belongs to women, and we have profiled two inspirational men, Enly Saeni from Solomon Islands and Cedric Paniel from Vanuatu, who are strong advocates for gender equality. We welcome a number of new lead authors to the bulletin – Marita Manley, Cynthia Nakozoete, Enly Saeni and Yvonne Wong. Lastly, a thank you to Dr Elizabeth Matthews for assisting in the editing of articles.

Sangeeta Mangubhai



Why use a gender lens to analyse the impacts of COVID-19 on the seafood industry?
Natalia Briceño-Lagos and Marie Christine Monfort (pdf: 566 KB)
Women’s resilience to climate change and disaster risks
Marita Manley and Nicollette Goulding (pdf: 754 KB)
Kastom, gender and economic development: The case of the fish aggregating device in To’abaita, Solomon Islands
Enly Saeni Labuinao (pdf: 1 MB)
Tailoring a business skills training programme for self-employed women in coastal fishing communities in Myanmar
Elizabeth Matthews, Me’ira Mizrahi, Celia Boyd, Leakhena Saroeurn, Khin Myo Myo and Naw May Lay Thant (pdf: 585 KB)
Conservation deeds with communities in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea: Challenges encountered and lessons learned
Yvonne Wong (pdf: 431 KB)
Reflections on integrating gender-sensitive facilitation techniques in fieldtrip reports
Chelcia Gomese, Faye Siota, Anouk Ride and Danika Kleiber (pdf: 249 KB)
Inspiring profile: Mele ‘Elenga Tongile’o
Mele ‘Elenga Tongile’o and Jeffrey Kinch (pdf: 421 KB)
Inspiring profile: Cedric Paniel
Cedric Paniel and Sangeeta Mangubhai (pdf: 527 KB)
Inspiring profile: Lavinia Pupuru
Lavinia Pupuru and Cynthia Nakozoete (pdf: 509 KB)
Meet PNG’s female mangrove scientist Mazzella Maniwavie
Mazzella Maniwavie and Ruth Konia (pdf: 357 KB)
Inspiring profile: Enly Saeni
Enly Saeni and Sangeeta Mangubhai (pdf: 304 KB)
Training on gender, social inclusion and human rights-based approaches in oceanic fisheries at the Forum Fisheries Agency
Natalie Makhoul (pdf: 610 KB)
New chapters for the Pacific handbook on gender equity and social inclusion in coastal fisheries and aquaculture
Natalie Makhoul (pdf: 1,020 KB)
Building capacity for gender work in fisheries and aquaculture: examples from the Pacific
Chelcia Gomese, Danika Kleiber, Sangeeta Mangubhai and Cedric Paniel (pdf: 553 KB)
Gender and human rights in coastal fisheries and aquaculture – A comparative analysis of legislation in Pacific Island countries
Alison Graham and Ariella D’Andrea (pdf: 178 KB)
Changes and adaptations in village food systems in Solomon Islands: A rapid appraisal during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic
Hampus Eriksson, Anouk Ride, Delvene Boso, Meshach Sukulu, Margaret Batalofo, Faye Siota and Chelcia Gomese (pdf: 140 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

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