The Spanish General Secretariat for Fisheries has recently presented the publication “Women of the sea, inspiring vocations” (“Mujeres del mar, inspirando vocaciones”) with the aim of highlighting the work of women in the fishing and aquaculture sector, and to encourage reflection on the situation of generational replacement, one of the main challenges facing the sector at the moment.
In the words of Ignacio Gandarias, president of the Spanish Network of Women in the Fishing Sector, the first section of this publication expresses the analysis and point of view of the entities and associations of women of the sea on the current state of the relay in the different areas of the fishing and aquaculture value chain, as well as its impact from the point of view of gender, with the aim of providing solutions to encourage the incorporation of young people and women in this field of activity.
The second section is made up of interviews with women workers in the different fishing and aquaculture trades – of different ages, backgrounds and origins – to show how the sector has evolved in recent decades and how the new generations are making their way into it.
It is hoped that the example of the lives of these women will serve as an inspiration and encourage the entry of new professionals who will have to ensure the continuity and survival of an activity that not only represents the way of life of many families in our country, but also contributes to the food supply of the population and is, therefore, essential and vital for everyone.
With women from
Asociación Andaluza de Mujeres del Sector Pesquero (ANDMUPES)
Associació Dones de la Mar del Grau de Gandia (ADOMAR)
Associació Catalana de Dones de la Mar
Asociación Nacional de Mujeres de la Pesca (ANMUPESCA)
Asociación de Mulleres Salgadas
Asociación de Mariscadoras de Carril (AMARCARRIL)
Link to the original article (in Spanish) here