Gleaning is a fishing method used in shallow coastal, estuarine and freshwaters waters or in habitats exposed during low tide.  Other terms may be used for this type of fishing, especially “gathering” and “collecting.”1 Both women and men glean, but in many countries and regions gleaning is mostly done by women and children2,3. Gleaners walk Read more about Gleaning[…]

Reflections on gleaning

By Margaret (Nonas) Kunkel, Masters Student, Asian Studies, Murdoch University, Australia. E-mail: Also see our overview of gleaning and gender: Discover Gleaning The Philippines is one of Southeast Asia’s many diverse cultural regions, and together with other Asian nations is in an area that has gone through tremendous changes, economic, social and environmental. Changes which Read more about Reflections on gleaning[…]

Coral Gleaning in Lido Village, Papua New Guinea

By Aung Si University of Melbourne, Australia, e-mail: The women of Lido Village, on the north coast of Papua New Guinea, have traditionally made an important contribution to their families’ protein intake by gleaning for marine invertebrates and small fish off exposed reef flats at low tide. Unlike their counterparts in many Pacific communities, Read more about Coral Gleaning in Lido Village, Papua New Guinea[…]


Origin & Purpose These Core Principles are based on the Objectives of the Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries Section of the Asian Fisheries Society (GAFS) (By Laws), experience from our work and that of others. The Principles pertain to how our members should portray the views of GAFS when representing GAFS in meetings, conferences, projects Read more about GAFS CORE PRINCIPLES[…]


Fisherfollks of the World 001. Utilization of derelict open water for fish production by tribal community of Sagar Island, Sunderbans (W.B.). Photo: Archana Sinha, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal 002. Women participation in fish harvesting (From aquaculture pond Tripura, India). Photo: Vikash Kumar, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Read more about GALLERY[…]

Rocking the boat: resistance to marine conservation policies along lines of ethnicity, class and gender in the Wakatobi National Park, Indonesia

Local Sama-Bajau do not passively accept the conservation regulations imposed upon their communities. Instead, they continue to access marine and coastal resources for their culture and livelihoods in ways that they consider to be morally fair. Despite much ‘women’s work’ being made illegal by the protected area, and social stigmatization, the women are important providers and contributors to household livelihoods.

Why are women and children vulnerable to food insecurity, despite eating fish? A study in eastern Indonesia

By Emily Gibson* Small-scale fisheries are recognised for the important opportunities they provide in terms of livelihoods and food and nutrition security.  Women, men, the young and elderly, are engaged in different aspects of fisheries value chains, from assisting with preparations for fishing trips to fishing and gleaning, through to processing and marketing the resulting Read more about Why are women and children vulnerable to food insecurity, despite eating fish? A study in eastern Indonesia[…]

Women Divers

Diving refers broadly to the act of swimming underwater. Both women and men dive to catch seafood. In a few locales, women are the main divers. On Jeju Island (Korea), diving is even considered women’s work.1 Examples of women divers around the globe are the Haenyo or “woman of the sea” of Korea,1 the women Read more about Women Divers[…]