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Issue No.63
  • :0973-1156
  • :May
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 63, May 2021

North America/ US

Why small-scale fisheries matter

A growing coalition of small-scale, community-based fishers is calling for the recognition and protection of Alaska’s invaluable coastal fisheries

By Linda Behnken (, Executive Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Alaska, US

Small-scale fisheries support a way of life that has become increasingly rare in the industrialised world–a way of life that is inexorably tied to the natural world, where individuals face forces far greater than human power and thrive only through humility and a keen awareness of natural rhythms. The humility instilled by working from a small boat on a big ocean offers humanity a path back to a way of life in balance with natural systems–a lesson industrialised countries must learn before the systems fail. Climate change, ocean acidification–these are the symptoms of a failing system. They bear witness to faltering ocean health and serve as essential storytellers for the ocean. Small-scale fishermen are uniquely positioned to alert humanity to the destruction driven by