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Issue No.64
  • :0973-1156
  • :November
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 64, November 2021


Proud and passionate

Despite several challenges, Lilia Briones Bermúdez, a community leader in Barra del Colorado, Costa Rica, remains steadfastly committed to the struggles of her community

By Vivienne Solis Rivera, CoopeSoliDar R.L. (, Costa Rica and Translated from Spanish by Mercedes Rafael Ramos (, Spain

Lilia Briones is a fisherwoman. She is also a community leader, in the forefront of the struggles of her community in Barra del Colorado, a small-scale artisanal fishing in Costa Rica’s Northern Caribbean coast. Her partner, Jesús Chavés, is a fisherman and the couple has three children.  

Lilia Briones acquired her extensive fishing skills at a young age by watching the elders in Barra del Colorado catch fish. She learnt a lot from her own father, who started off as a fisherman but later took to catching shrimp in 1997, the year this activity began in their community.  

In 2013, however the Supreme Court in Costa Rica ordered the State to stop granting shrimp fishing licen