Women in Fisheries No 39 (March 2024)

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Number 39 (March 2024)

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Sangeeta Mangubhai, Talanoa Consulting, Fiji


Pacific Community, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, Information Section, SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia.
Produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union and the New Zealand Aid Programme.


Editor's note

This 39th edition of the Pacific Community’s Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin has 14 original articles from the Pacific Islands region. Our stories tend to be from a smaller subset of countries, and I would like to ask if our readers can help connect me to people from some of our more under-represented Pacific Island countries such as Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, and Wallis and Futuna. I offer mentoring and support to new writers who want help to tell their stories.

In this edition, the Fiji Ministry of Fisheries reached out for mentoring and have produced two articles on women-dominated fisheries that have not been well documented: shrimp and sea urchin. The Kiribati government has just started a detailed gender analysis of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, focusing initially on four atolls. Salote Waqairatu-Waqainabete highlights a new upcoming agribusiness project that is evaluating alternative approaches to sector development in the Pacific. We encourage you to check out an article led by Elisabeta Waqa and collaborators, showcasing the Ministry of Fisheries’ efforts to conduct a gender risk assessment to improve community livelihood projects in Fiji. There is also a new publication by WorldFish and the Wildlife Conservation Society – “Fisheries Co-Management Guidebook” – which is designed to assist practitioners in understanding the latest research on what constitutes successful fisheries co-management, and how to reach this objective. The guide includes ethical considerations that should form the basis of any programme, including human rights, equity and justice, gender equality, and sustainable Indigenous management.

We welcome several new lead authors to the bulletin who have found their muse – Delvene Boso, Pretika Kumar, Zafiar Naaz, Unaisi Nalasi, Janet Saeni-Oeta, Esther Umu, Elisabeta Waqa and Patrick Smallhorn-West.

Sangeeta Mangubhai


Improving the livelihoods of moci fishers by training them in seafood safety and best handling practices
Pretika Kumar and Diana Divalotu (pdf: 1.2 MB)
The sea urchin harvesters of Navakavu, Fiji
Unaisi Nalasi, Kalisi Logatabua, Pitila Waqainabete and Aporosa Ledua (pdf: 1.7 MB)
Gender risk assessment to improve fisheries livelihood projects
Elisabeta Waqa, Mere J.B. Vere, Sangeeta Mangubhai, Anne-Maree Schwarz, Zafiar Naaz and Moape Yabakiva (pdf: 1.1 MB)
Gender equality and social inclusion training for Tonga’s Ministry of Fisheries
Natalie Makhoul,Siueli Eleni Mone,Manatu Samani-Maile,Sisi Mafileo, Margaret Fox, Tupeope Samani, Josaia Nanuqa and Skylawn Palelei  (pdf: 1.1 MB)
A collective call for action: Voices of women in fisheries in Fiji
(pdf: 400 KB)
Food safety – an important addition to post-harvest fish processing training initiatives in Solomon Islands
Zafiar Naaz,Saurara Lewa,Sylvester Diake and Wilson Kiyo (pdf: 500 KB)
Fiji National Women in Fisheries Forum – 2023
Cherie Morris and Adi Alani Tuivucilevu (pdf: 240 KB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Delvene Boso
Delvene Boso and Teri Tuxson (pdf: 1.5 MB)
Women in fisheries profiles: Janet Saeni-Oeta
Janet Saeni-Oeta and Anne-Maree Schwarz (pdf: 1 MB)
Young women share their experiences of working on gender and fisheries issues
Esther Umu and Shania Chand (pdf: 280 KB)
Evaluating alternative approaches to sector development in Pacific Island countries: a Fiji case study
Salote Waqairatu-Waqainabete and Cooper Schouten (pdf: 840 KB)
Kiribati undertakes a gender analysis of its fisheries and aquaculture sector
Sangeeta Mangubhai, Margaret Fox, Tarateiti Uriam Timiti, Kamaua Enari, Atanimango Korotu, Natalie Makhoul, El-Jay Neneia, Rennie Raymond, Brandon Lokeijak Tabane, Karibanang Tamuera, Ren Teetimwa, Tooreka Temari and Bwakura Metutera Timeon (pdf: 460 KB)
Fish for healthy diets: A new report provides practical tips on boosting nutrition
Lydia O’Meara, Fiasili Vae’au Lam and Elesiva Na’ati (pdf: 660 KB)
Introducing the Fisheries Co-Management Guidebook
Patrick Smallhorn-West (pdf: 550 KB)