Fisheries record 75% participation of women in Mari-Culture
13:39 Wed Mar 14, 2018
Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Sainiani Boila
The Fisheries ministry has recorded a 70 percent participation of women in marine culture commonly known as Mari-culture.
Fisheries Minister, Semi Koroilavesau says this is one of the ministry’s focuses by promoting gender equality in the fisheries sector.
Koroilavesau says while involving more women in the sector, they are also aware of the barriers that need to be considered.
“Inclusive of the fisheries work force the existing fisheries legislation policies are clear that it is inclusive of women. Having said that it is also important to note that there are different limits and barriers considered when discussing gender issues.”
Koroilavesau says apart from Mari-culture, women participation in aquaculture has grown over the years as clearly portrayed on the 25 % ownership of tilapia and prawn farms by women.
He adds the ministry is also working to involve more rural women to be part of the sector as fish wardens during coastal surveillance.
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