Abstract. Women and men participate in small-scale fisheries throughout the world, often in ways that are ecologically, economically, and culturally distinct. The Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) acknowledges the contributions of women and men and emphasizes the need for human rights and gender equity in small-scale fisheries communities. In this seminar, I will detail an interdisciplinary feminist approach needed to characterize small-scale fisheries and assess the implementation of the human rights and gender equity and equality principles. This approach recognizes the link between ecological resilience and gendered social systems as well as other intersecting categories of power. I will include a critical examination of theory, methods, and language used to research, describe, and govern small-scale fisheries. I will also discuss my current work on the culture of Pacific Island fisheries.
Biography. Danika Kleiber is a Social Research Project Manager at the Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She received her PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre in 2014. Bringing together a background in biology and women’s studies, her dissertation focused on gender and small-scale fisheries characterization and management in the Central Philippines. After completing a post-doc with Too Big To Ignore in St. John’s Newfoundland, she went on to research the implementation of the gender equity and equality principle in the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines. Her most recent project involves working with local fishers, fisheries practitioners, and community leaders to define cultural fishing in American Samoa.