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Issue No.60
  • :0973-1156
  • :April
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 60, April 2020


Women fish more than you think!

Women’s small-scale, part-time fishing and gleaning activities globally may contribute nearly 3 million tonnes of seafood, with a landed value of around $5.6 billion.

By Sarah Harper (, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada

In many cultures and contexts around the world, fishing (like hunting) is considered a male domain and is closely associated with masculinity. Moving along the fish value chain from fishing to processing, more women appear. In fact, much of the labour needed to convert fish into consumable products is done by women. The role of women is more visible in seafood processing, especially on an industrial scale, than in fishing activities. But, as we take a closer look, and challenge assumptions about gender roles, we can see examples of women fishing along beaches and shorelines around the world. They are often on foot, collecting seafood by hand or using the most basic fishing equipment. Fisheries don’t just take place on big boats at sea – they involve so much more; however, policies tend to focus more on the former. The implications of missing women