This 30th issue of the Pacific Community’s Women in Fisheries Information Bulletin includes 18 original articles on a diversity of topics, including gender and development, mud crabs, national gender analyses and mangrove management. This bulletin also highlights two unique and creative approaches that are being used to highlight the vital role that women play in the coastal fisheries sector: 1) Wan Smol Bag Theatre in Vanuatu is using plays to discuss gender roles in the context of declining fisheries, climate change and population growth; and 2) The Wildlife Conservation Society launched Fiji’s first sustainable seafood cookbook, which illuminates the role of women in fisheries, while promoting sustainable seafood choices by consumers.
This issue includes articles from the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, and features new Pacific Island female and male authors such as Ruth Konia from The Nature Conservancy in Papua New Guinea, and Pita Neihapi from the Pathways project in Vanuatu. And for those who want a bit of inspiration, we have profiled three women in leadership positions in fisheries agencies in Kiribati, Samoa and Solomon Islands. We also introduce Dr Manumatavai Tupou-Roosen, who is the first female Director-General for the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency.