By Development Communication Section
The research entitled “That’s my spot! Local fishing and its implications on sandfish Holothuria scabra sea ranching in Pandaraonan, Guimaras, Philippines” by SEAFDEC/AQD research assistant Ms. Jee Grace Suyo won the Best Presentation Award at the 8th National Conference on Gender and Fisheries of The National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (WINFISH) last 28-30 September 2016 held in Iloilo City.
Ms. Suyo said that the study looked into men and women’s fishing activities and fishing spaces, socio-demographic profile and perceptions on project management and governance. The proponents demonstrated how to quantify men and women’s involvement in fishing and fishing-related activities and the gender differences in coastal zone utilization. It highlights the need to consider women as important stakeholders in fisheries management projects wherein they should be highly involved in the decision-making process, particularly in the formulation of policy interventions that may limit women’s access to certain areas in the intertidal zone.
WINFISH, with the support of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development and the University of the Philippines Visayas, serves as a venue for sharing research findings, experiences and emerging ideas on gender and fisheries.