• Africa: women marching on! Milestones in CAOPA’s march for the rights of women in African artisanal fisheries

      Gorez, Beatrice (2020-04)
      On 19 March 2010, in Banjul, The Gambia, men and women professionals from the artisanal fishing sector from nine West African countries presided over the formation and launch of the African Confederation of Artisanal Fishing Organisations: CAOPA. Ten years later, CAOPA has become an advocacy platform for African artisanal fishing community rights, entering into dialogue with African decision makers, as well as with international partners, like the EU and the FAO. CAOPA is now also stronger: it has member organisations in 24 countries from West, East, and North Africa and from the Indian Ocean. Every 21st November, CAOPA uses the occasion of the World Fisheries Day to establish its advocacy agenda for the year to come.
    • AKTEA network: perils and prospects

      Frangoudes, Katia (2018)
      Twenty years of organising by women in Europe’s fisheries have led to important gains, challenges and opportunities.
    • Analysis 1: SDG5, gender equal fisheries

      Williams, Meryl J. (2017)
      What are the challenges in the path of achieving gender equality in fisheries and what should our priorities be? This article tries to identify these in the context of SDG 5, the Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.
    • Analysis 2: SDG5, Gender equality in and through fisheries

      Kusakabe, Kyoko (2017)
      This article identifies key priorities and challenges that lie in the path of achieving gender equality targets, particularly in the high-poverty and increasingly resource-scarce context of Southeast Asian fisheries.
    • Brazil: fishing for crustaceans

      Ferreira, Beatriz Mesquita Pedrosa (2020)
      This photo-essay depicts the practice of aratu fishing carried out by women in the mangroves of northeastern Brazil. Aratu (Goniopsis cruentata) are small, reddish crustaceans that live on the branches of mangroves. They are processed and sold, the sweetness of the meat making them a prized delicacy. Aratu fishing is carried out mostly by women, for whom it is a source of income, allowing them to get by without formal employment, and offering a certain freedom in their lives. Unlike the crab, the aratu is a fast breeder but both types of crustaceans have their own pros and cons. “If aratu bred like crab, there wouldn’t be much to pick since there are a lot of people fishing. We’re lucky that it reproduces fast. Crab is less labour intensive and fetches more money. Aratu has to be picked before it is sold; crab doesn’t need any such processing”
    • Brazil: reaching out, holding hands

      França, Lorena; Silva, Luclécia Cristina Morais da; Ferreira, Beatriz Mesquita Pedrosa (2020)
      The President of the Association of Indigenous Communities of the Middle Negro River (ACIMRN), Sandra Gomes, speaks about the challenges indigenous communities face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Negro River in the Amazon region is the largest black water river in the world. Its basin area of approximately 750,000 sq. km accounts for seven percent of the total area of the Amazon basin, and its length from pre-Andean Colombia to its mouth, is approximately 1,700 km, making it the Amazon’s largest tributary.
    • Celebrating women in Caribbean fisheries

      The Gender In Fisheries Team (GIFT), University of the West Indies (2018)
      The Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations works on the implementation of the SSF Guidelines with a special focus on gender
    • Costa Rica: Critical routes

      Cruz, Ivannia Ayales; Rivera, Vivienne Solis; Picado, Griselda Alvarado; Meneses, Daniela (2020-04)
      Women fishers, shrimp peelers and mollusk workers in Costa Rica identify priority areas for the recognition and formalisation of their work.
    • Costa Rica: returning to land and sea

      Toro, María Suárez (2020)
      The harsh economic impact of the ongoing pandemic-related lockdown has spurred fisherwomen in Costa Rica to return to their traditional sources of livelihood. Although there have been very few COVID-19 cases in the area, the suspension of tourism with the COVID -19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Until recently, tourism was the mainstay of the local economy in the coastal communities of Puerto Viejo, Cahuita, Manzanillo and Cocles. However, the crisis has brought about a re-activation of traditional ancestral livelihoods where fishermen and women take to the sea in boats and kayaks bringing food to their families and communities.
    • Empowerment through filleting

      Pedroza-Gutiérrez, Carmen (2015)
      Women’s labour adds value to the fish supply chain in Petatán, Mexico, and brings independence and hope to their lives. Located in the central-western part of the country, Lake Chapala is Mexico’s largest lake, and one of the many fishing villages bordering the lake is Petatán, with a population of only 423 inhabitants. However, what makes Petatán special is that most fish caught in Lake Chapala—tilapia and carp—as well as other water bodies in the region is processed here. There are no official statistics for how much fish is filleted and packed in ice every day, but Petatán houses the second largest fish processing industry in the region. The fish filleted here goes to El Mercado del Mar, the second largest fish market in the country, from where it is distributed to restaurants, smaller markets and other parts of the country.
    • Fiji: Where’s the data?

      Sobey, Milika (2019-06)
      A recently-concluded meeting of the Women in Fisheries Network-Fiji calls for sex-disaggregated data on the participation of women in the fisheries sector.
    • Fiji: women in fisheries network

      Leweniqila, Loata (2017)
      Through need based training and capacity development, the Fiji based Women in Fisheries Network hopes to aid women’s value-added participation in the fisheries sector.
    • Film: In Ockhi’s wake

      Chaudhury, Shibani (2018)
      The painful aftermath of Cyclone Ockhi reveals the multiple dimensions of disaster preparedness that still need attention in India.
    • Fisherfolk organisations: enablers, drivers and barriers

      Nayak, Nalini (2018)
      This article reviews a recent publication on women’s participation and leadership in fisherfolk organisations and collective action in fisheries.
    • France: a resolute mussel farmer

      Lallouët-Geffroy, Julie (2020)
      Amélie Dennebouy has challenged gender stereotypes to become a successful mussel entrepreneur in Pénestin, France. “ We don’t employ women!” Just how many times Amélie Dennebouy, a mussel farm worker, heard that phrase since she began working in the sector at age 17, it would be impossible to say. “Ten years ago, I realised that it would be difficult to find employment in the production segment because I am a woman,” says Amélie. Stories flood her mind: managers laughing at her when she handed in an application for work as a production worker, pushing her to the sales department instead; the crude questioning of some: “Have you passed under the desk?”
    • France: fishing in troubled waters

      Yhuel-Bertin, Emmanuelle; Sann, Danièle Le (2020)
      The impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on a small-scale fishing in Lorient is vividly captured in the pages of a diary maintained by a gillnetter skipper’s spouse. In March 2020, Emmanuelle Yheul-Bertin, wife of a gillnet skipper who runs a 13-metre gillnetter vessel with four men on board, began recording the experiences of skipper and crew during the COVID-19 lockdown. Her diary covers the period from mid-March to early May. The first entry signals a gathering cloud of anxieties. “The media is reporting lockdown restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID,” writes Emmanuelle, “but the artisanal fishery in Lorient is yet to recover from the impact of the winter’s numerous storms.”
    • From the editor, Yemaya, No.54, May 2017

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2017)
    • From the editor, Yemaya, No.55, September 2017

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2017)
    • From the editor, Yemaya, No.56, January 2018

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2018)
    • From the editor, Yemaya, No.57, July 2018

      International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) (2018)