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Women and Fisheries on Beqa Fiji Islands: A Case Study of Lalati Village

Kuruyawa, Salote LU (2011) SIMT14 20111
Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender
Abstract
In Lalati, understanding women's roles, in respect to their needs, strategies and contribution to their household food security is seldom the focus of any discussion. Undoubtedly fisherwomen and fishermen are different but the question remains, how different and to what extent is it different.This thesis is a case study which documents the fishing practices and the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) possessed by the women of Lalati Village on Beqa Island, selected from the 3 respective clans within the vilage. These contain vernacular names of marine resources that are within their traditional fishing boundries and the analysis contain both the exploitation of the marine resources and women's perspective on cultural attitudes... (More)
In Lalati, understanding women's roles, in respect to their needs, strategies and contribution to their household food security is seldom the focus of any discussion. Undoubtedly fisherwomen and fishermen are different but the question remains, how different and to what extent is it different.This thesis is a case study which documents the fishing practices and the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) possessed by the women of Lalati Village on Beqa Island, selected from the 3 respective clans within the vilage. These contain vernacular names of marine resources that are within their traditional fishing boundries and the analysis contain both the exploitation of the marine resources and women's perspective on cultural attitudes associated with the resource utilization The outcome of this research has indictaed that the women engage in various types of fishing activities even though it is often confined to the inshore areas. Over the years there has been an increase in the commercialization of the fisheries industries. This coupled with the booming tourism industry has threatened their subsistence dependence. The women are positive that attitudes associated with their marine environment can still be changed so that their knowledge and traditional approaches to resource exploitation also be respected with the hope of elevating them from subordination. With this compilation the women have the opportunity , to express their perception on conservation , what works and what is not practical and the opportunity to become more active members in the decision making process within fisheries at the local and national level. (Less)
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author
Kuruyawa, Salote LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Women Fishers of Lalati Village and their Knowledge
course
SIMT14 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Traditional Knowledge, Inshore Marine Fisheries, Livelihood, Subsistance, Gender
language
English
additional info
This thesis has the potential to be expanded upon to include a quantitative analysis and other issues that the reader may want to reflect more on in the future. What I have done for now is lay the foundation and give women from my village Lalati, the opportunity to share their traditional knowledge and promote conservation.
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1979434
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2011-07-06 08:19:35
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2011-07-06 08:19:35
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  abstract     = {In Lalati, understanding women's roles, in respect to their needs, strategies and contribution to their household food security is seldom the focus of any discussion.  Undoubtedly fisherwomen and fishermen are different but the question remains, how different and to what extent is it different.This thesis is a case study which documents the fishing practices and the traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) possessed by the women of Lalati Village on Beqa Island, selected from the 3 respective clans within the vilage. These contain vernacular names of marine resources that are within their traditional fishing boundries and the analysis contain both the exploitation of the marine resources and women's perspective on cultural attitudes associated with the resource utilization The outcome of this research has indictaed that the women engage in various types of fishing activities even though it is often confined to the inshore areas. Over the years there has been an increase in the commercialization of the fisheries industries. This coupled with the booming tourism industry has threatened their subsistence dependence. The women are positive that attitudes associated with their marine environment can still be changed so that their knowledge and traditional approaches to resource exploitation also be respected with the hope of elevating them from subordination. With this compilation the women have the opportunity , to express their perception on conservation , what works and what is not practical  and the opportunity to become more active members in the decision making process within fisheries at the local and  national level.},
  author       = {Kuruyawa, Salote},
  keyword      = {Traditional Knowledge,Inshore Marine Fisheries,Livelihood,Subsistance,Gender},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Women and Fisheries on Beqa Fiji Islands: A Case Study of Lalati Village},
  year         = {2011},
}