Coastal Fisheries Programme
Issue #33 (March 2021)

Editor's note

Most will agree that the global COVID-19 pandemic has impacted people all over the world, especially women and girls. While the Pacific remained vigilant throughout 2020, the knock-on effects on fisheries and aquaculture are starting to emerge and be better understood. Some countries such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, were also hit by category 5 Cyclone Harold, which forced people to manage a natural disaster in the midst of a pandemic. Farther afield, Mauritius dealt with a large and devastating oil spill during the COVID-19 pandemic, and in this edition of the Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin Josheena Naggea shares with us how these two disasters have impacted women gleaners and their families, an overlooked and neglected subgroup of Mauritian fishers. While there have been some efforts to look at the impact of COVID-19 on fisheries and aquaculture, there is limited information available and many are still writing up their research. Dr Kate Barclay touches on this in her article on gender and tuna industries in the Pacific. I continue to encourage those who are doing work in these spaces to consider sharing their methods, approaches and findings so that others in the region and beyond can benefit. And do not forget to look at the impacts of COVID-19 through a gender lens! Enjoy this 33rd issue of the Pacific Community’s Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin, which includes 12 original articles from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Nigeria and Mauritius. We welcome a number of new lead authors to the bulletin from the Pacific and beyond – Ayodele Oloko, Josephine Kalsuak, Marama Tuivuna, Rooti Tioti, Josheena Naggea and Stuart Campbell. Happy International Women’s Day!

Sangeeta Mangubhai



Gender and tuna industries in the Pacific Islands
Kate Barclay (pdf: 773 KB)
Seagrass, culture, women and hard decisions: A case study from Kiribati
Rooti Tioti, Owen Li and Aurélie Delisle (pdf: 660 KB)
A summary of key issues from the Cook Islands gender and fisheries assessment
Natalie Makhoul (pdf: 879 KB)
How is gender included in small-scale fisheries management and development?
Sangeeta Mangubhai and Sarah Lawless (pdf: 715 KB)
An overview of I-Kiribati women in fisheries
Ioanna Gotschall (pdf: 751 KB)
Gender-inclusive financial literacy strategies: Unlocking the value of small-scale fishing communities
Stuart J. Campbell, Eva Medianti, Ade Yuliani, Raymond Jakub, Haris Setiawan, Emilio de la Rosa and Walter Suherfian (pdf: 1 MB)
Taboos as cultural challenges encountered by women fisherfolk in some coastal fishing communities in Nigeria
Ayodele Oloko, Kafayat Fakoya and Sarah Harper (pdf: 394 KB)
Inequity in unregistered women’s fisheries in Mauritius following an oil spill
Josheena Naggea, Emilie Wiehe and Sandy Monrose (pdf: 1 MB)
Enhancing knowledge and skills of Fijian women seafood vendors
Bulou Vitukawalu, Ana Ciriyawa,1 Rosi Batibasaga and Fareea Ma (pdf: 618 KB)
Inspiring profile: Josephine Kalsuak
Josephine Kalsuak (pdf: 297 KB)
Inspiring profile: Senita Wauwia
Ruth Konia (pdf: 300 KB)
Rapid Care Analysis for Navolau and Nakorotubu districts in Fiji
Marama Tuivuna (pdf: 486 KB)
New study to inform financial assistance for women in the fisheries sector affected by COVID-19 in Fiji
Marama Tuivuna (pdf: 375 KB)
Gender equality vs equity: Say goodbye to apple-picking and baseball matches!
Sangeeta Mangubhai (pdf: 300 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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