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Wednesday, August 15, 2012


The annual, Fisherfolk Day commonly referred to as “Fishermen’s Feast” is celebrated on June 29 in Saint Lucia. Fisherfolk Day usually coincides with the feast of St. Peter, the Patron Saint of Fishers. The theme for the Caribbean Fisherfolk Day 2012 is “The Role of Women in the Fisheries Sector”.

 While globally women’s involvement in fishing (the harvest sector) maybe viewed as minimal, fisheries involves much more than just fishing and “men’s work”. Recent investigations at a global level have shown that if ancillary activities in the fishing industry are taken into account, then the gendered image is quite different. Women may be in the majority within the fishing industry, with a growing number of women engaged worldwide in fisheries policy, management, science, fish product development, education, civil society advocacy, enforcement and other activities related to fisheries. Moreover, as managers, wives, community members and co-workers, they provide an important impact to the fisheries related livelihoods in the world, including the Caribbean.

 In observance of Fisherfolk Day, the Department of Fisheries will highlight women’s involvement in the fishing industry in Saint Lucia through a career showcase displaying the social and economic achievements of women in the fishing industry from supportive roles of women in fishing households, fishing, processing, vending, ownership of fishing boats to small businesses, extension services and management of the fisheries sector.

The career showcase will take place on two days: Tuesday June 26, 2012 at the Department of Fisheries, Castries Office and Thursday, June 28, 2012 at the Vieux Fort Office from 9am to 3pm each day. You are invited to attend and learn about the fisheries sector and possible employment opportunities.