Oceana: Women Are a Major but Overlooked Part of Fishing Economies, New Report Finds

Women represent nearly half of the global fisheries workforce, yet their contributions to the industry remain about as visible — particularly to researchers and policymakers — as the buried clams they dig up from the seabed’s muddy bottom.

A team of researchers recently published their findings on women’s contributions to fisheries economies after examining the five globally significant marine fishing countries of Mexico, Peru, Senegal, South Africa and Vietnam. They found that current, quantitative information on women’s fishing activities was “very limited” for all these countries — with the exception of Peru — and therefore a major impediment to developing gender-sensitive policies and programs.

The rest of this article can be viewed here: http://oceana.org/blog/women-are-major-overlooked-part-fishing-economies-new-report-finds

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