Get an annotated online bibliography on small-scale fisheries and fishing communities. Resources are classified under eight themes: Right to Resources, Gender in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Disasters and Climate Change, Decent Work, Fisheries Trade, Aquaculture, Biodiversity and SSF Guidelines

Women engage in a wide range of activities in fisheries, including paid and unpaid work and liaison with institutions. In several countries, women dominate inland fishing and aquaculture. Their play multiple roles – in seafood processing plants, as caregivers in the family, as the builders of social networks and community.

Gender issues focus not on women only but on their relationship with men, on their roles, rights and responsibilities. They acknowledge that these vary within and between cultures as well as by class, race, ethnicity, age and marital status.

The 2014 SSF Guidelines are based on the principle of gender equality and equity. They integrate gender issues into all small-scale fisheries development strategies.


Climate change and fisheries: Policy, trade and sustainable development issues By ICTSD, 2016

This information note discusses the likely impacts of climate change on fisheries and the role of trade and trade policies in supporting adaptation and mitigation measures in fisheries.

Ram-Bidesi, Vina (2015). Recognizing the role of women in supporting marine stewardship in the Pacific Islands. Marine Policy, Volume 59, September 2015, Pages 1–8; doi: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2015.04.020

The study analyzes support for fisheries management through the adoption of ethical principles that can initiate change in individual behaviour, attitude and actions implicit in the current policies for achieving…

Dragiewicz, Molly. 2015. At sea. The trafficking of seafarers and fishers from Ukraine. In Global human trafficking. Critical issues and contexts

This book chapter explores the issue of trafficking at sea. In this chapter, NEXUS shares the experiences of forty-six trafficked Ukrainian seafarers and fishers. It describes how Ukrainian men were…

Kailola, Patricia J. 2015. Crew conditions on fishing vessels in the Pacific Islands region – Discussion paper

My purpose in inviting a discussion on crew conditions in the Pacific Islands comes from three directions. One path is fisheries and environment, another is job security and food supply,…

Spalding, M.D., Imèn Meliane, Amy Milam, Claire Fitzgerald and Lynne Z. Hale. Protecting marine spaces: global targets and changing approaches. Ocean Yearbook 27: 213-248.

Threats to the marine environment are complex, multiple and often overlapping or synergistic. Mitigating these threats, likewise, is not simple, but rather relies upon multiple management approaches, ranging from controls…

Stacey NE, Karam J, Meekan MG, Pickering S, Ninef J. Prospects for whale shark conservation in Eastern Indonesia through bajo traditional ecological knowledge and community-based monitoring. Conservat Soc (2012):10:63-75

The whale shark, Rhincodon typus, is a long-lived migratory species inhabiting tropical and warm-temperate waters worldwide. Seasonal aggregations of whale sharks in shallow coastal waters of many countries have led…

Cohen, Philiappa Jane (2013) The contribution of locally managed marine areas to small-scale fisheries and food security – a case study in Soloman Islands. Phd Thesis James Cook University

This thesis presents a case study of Solomon Islands to address the overarching question: do locally managed marine areas contribute to sustainable small scale fisheries and what are the implications…

Porter, M. (2012). Why the Coast Matters for Women: A Feminist Approach to Research on Fishing Communities. Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries: Moving the Agenda Forward Asian Fisheries Science Special Issue Vol.25S (2012):59-73

Issues of gender are neglected in fisheries research and issues of fisheries are also neglected in feminist research. These twin omissions hamper our efforts to understand women’s experiences in coastal…