Women’s global fisheries participation: an approach to expanding geographic, thematic, and methodological coverage

Authors: Marysia Szymkowiak*, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Melissa Rhodes-Reese, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission
Topics: Women, Coastal and Marine, Gender
Keywords: women; fisheries; mixed-methods; marine policy
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/9/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Plaza Court 3, Sheraton, Concourse Level
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This study explores how the social construct of gender manifests itself in fisheries around the world by exploring the literature on women’s fisheries participation. Furthermore, we analyze the geographic coverage and methodologies that have been used to examine this participation and present a methodological approach that can extend the scope of research and comprehensively examine women’s participation across its multifaceted dimensions. Based on systematically analyzing the literature we demonstrate the preponderance of themes and methodologies used to examine women’s fisheries participation, highlighting the relative homogeneity of its various characteristics around the world. The vast majority of the literature on women’s fisheries participation is effectively case studies employing qualitative methods, which while providing an in-depth understanding of certain communities or dynamics, are often limited in geographic scope and generalizability. This study then presents a mixed-methods approach that examines the direct and indirect dimensions of women’s fisheries participation, incorporating a gender attribute into fisheries data with limited personal information that can extend methodological applications to include quantitative methods which provide for triangulating results, exploring patterns, and testing hypotheses.

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