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  • :August
  • :2000

This special issue of Yemaya on Women and Fisheries in Atlantic Canada brings together articles written by several fishworkers and researchers from Atlantic Canada on local and regional fishery issues. The special issue grew out of the Workshop on Gender, Globalization and the Fisheries, held in May 2000 in Newfoundland, Canada. Participating in the workshop were researchers and community development workers from 18 countries of the North and South as well as women fishworkers from all four provinces of Atlantic Canada, i.e. Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

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This special issue of Yemaya on Women and Fisheries in Atlantic Canada brings together articles written by several fishworkers and researchers from Atlantic Canada on local and regional fishery issues. The special issue grew out of the Workshop on Gender, Globalization and the Fisheries, held in May 2000 in Newfoundland, Canada. Participating in the workshop were researchers and community development workers from 18 countries of the North and South as well as women fishworkers from all four provinces of Atlantic Canada, i.e. Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.

Participants came together to identify and acknowledge the ways in which global processes seriously threaten the survival of the fisheries and the well-being of women, men and children of coastal communities throughout the world. Despite differences in experiences among the countries represented, there were many common issues: overfishing, environmental degradation, and fishworkers being squeezed out of traditional fishing grounds and processing jobs. The tragic loss of cultures, livelihoods and marine life is very much tied to globalization.

At the workshop, fishworkers from the Atlantic Canadian provinces, many of whom were par