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.


Dorothy B. Kakongoro Kabugo, Rhoda Tumwebaze, Peter Kibas and James Jjumbe. Gender Disparities on Women’s Livelihoods in Small Scale Fishers, Uganda. Nkumba Business Journal (NBJ), ISSN: 1564-068X, Volume 13, Oct. 2014, pp. 37-57;

The paper examines gender disparities and its effect on women‘s livelihoods in Small Scale Fishers (SSFs) in Kalangala District of Uganda. In spite of various attempts to lessen the negative…

Macinko, Seth. Lipstick and catch shares in the Western Pacific: Beyond evangelism in fisheries policy?, Marine Policy, Volume 44, February 2014, Pages 37-41, ISSN 0308-597X,

The push for catch shares is on in the United States, nationwide generally, and in the western Pacific specifically. The prevailing understanding of catch shares emphasizes individual private property rights…

UNCTAD, 2014. The Fisheries Sector in the Gambia: Trade, Value Addition and Social Inclusiveness, with a Focus on Women

The relationship between trade and gender is highly contextual and country-specific, as the gender effects of trade depend on the specificities of individual economic sectors and countries. However, it is…

Surtees, Rebecca. 2014. In African waters. The trafficking of Cambodian fishers in South Africa

This study discusses the trafficking of men in the fishing industry. It focuses on Cambodian men severely exploited in South African waters. Through extensive interviews, NEXUS reveals the stories of…

Andy Thorpe, Nicky Pouw, Andrew Baio, Ranita Sandi, Ernest Tom Ndomahina & Thomas Lebbie (2014). Fishing Na Everybody Business”: Women’s Work and Gender Relations in Sierra Leone’s Fisheries. Feminist Economics, Volume 20, Issue 3, 2014. DOI:10.1080/13545701.2014.895403

While small-scale fisheries in many developing countries is “everybody’s business,” a gendered labor division concentrates production in the hands of fishermen while women dominate postharvest processing and retailing. The production…