Video tribute to women fishing around the world

Women fish in marine seascapes and freshwater systems around the world, making important contributions to the fisheries sector, to their communities and to their own wellbeing and that of their families, yet often lack visibility and support. Inspired by the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA 2022), this video tribute using a compilation of iconic photos of women fishing around the world highlights the contributions made and challenges faced by women fishing around the world. It depicts women gleaning for octopus in the intertidal areas off the coast of Tanzania, women sorting fish at a landing site in Tamil Nadu, India, Heiltsuk women exercising their Indigenous rights to harvest and steward herring-spawn-on kelp on Canada’s Pacific coast, through to women divers carrying bags of shellfish to the Busan market in South Korea and many other places in between.

Woman and her octopus catch, Tanzania. Photo: Modesta Medard

We invite you to share this video link to the (LINK) and help elevate the women who fish all around the world, bringing attention to their importance in the fisheries sector and beyond.

Fisherwomen engaged in disentagling fish from gill nets, Tamil Nadu, India Photo: Nikita Gopal

This video is an initiative of the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Society (GAFS), developed by Kafayat Fakoya, Nikita Gopal, Sarah Harper, Kyoko Kusakabe, Surendran Rajaratnam and Meryl Williams with superb technical support from Sam Shng Shng at WorldFish. It features photos that were shared generously by and with the consent of the following photographers and associated country of photographs: Chelsey Ellis (Canada), Nikita Gopal (India), Modesta Medard (Tanzania), Carmen Pedroza (Mexico), Tracy Robinson (Heiltsuk Territory), Fokke van Saane (Netherlands), Rebecca Short (Mozambique), Andrew Trites (South Korea), Aylin Ulman (Turkey), Gloria Windsor (Heiltsuk Territory) and Wim Zaalmink (Netherlands). Several other people worked behind the scenes to help realize this video including Cornelie Quist, Cornelia Nauen, Ayodele Oloko, Nimah Osho-Abdulgafar, Ismot Olabamiji and Ololade Akingbola.

Heiltsuk women exercising their Indigenous rights to harvest and steward herring-spawn-on-kelp on Canada’s Pacific coast. Photo: Tracy Robinson & Gloria Windsor

We are grateful to everyone for their contributions and collaboration. Enjoy our video tribute.

Woman diver carrying bags of shellfish destined for the Busan market in South Korea. Photo: Andrew Trites