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Issue No:53
  • :March
  • :2017
  • :English

If the contextually relevant implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries in the Context of Food Security and Poverty Eradication (the SSF Guidelines) is a challenge facing the small-scale fisheries sector, an even bigger challenge is the gender equitable implementation of the SSF Guidelines. For women in the sector, this will involve struggling at two levels: one, at the level of the household and the community, and the second, at the level of the State and other stakeholders. This issue focuses on this theme, and includes profile of women fishworkers from Ireland, Costa Rica, and India. Besides this, also covers initiatives for enhancing the capacities of women fishworkers in India and Tanzania. 


Independent and happy

This article describes the life and work of a woman fish smoker in Ireland’s artisanal fishery

Adapted from an account by Sally Barnes (sally@woodcocks mokery.com) at www.woodcocksmokery.com

Sally Barnes runs an artisanal fish smoking business in a coastal town in West Cork in southern Ireland. The Woodcock Smokery, Sally’s enterprise, has an enviable reputation, winning prestigious awards over almost 40 years. But now, after all these years, since the cold of the workshop is making her hands ache some nights, Sally is toying with the idea of selling her business, and moving to sharing what she knows with others. It’s okay to dream, Sally tells herself.

Although she is single now, Sally used to be married to an inshore fisherman. They had two children. Like many fisher wives, Sally, for all practical purposes, was a ‘single parent’ to the children, the ‘at home’ wife assisting with the fishing business, finding buyers, ordering parts, running the household, with never enough cash to manage expenditure. Her ex-husband tried different kin