Opinion: Women are changing the tide for sustainable fisheries, by Maria Honig

“My goal is to set an example as a fishing community that has a high quality of life for both men and women, while taking care of our natural resources.” says Sara Garrido, president of Chile’s National Corporation of Artisanal Fishing Women. Sara makes her living harvesting seaweed in Coliumo, on Chile’s central coast.

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Save For Our Oceans’ sea of women

In the Solomon Islands, where 90% of men and half of all rural women are engaged in fisheries work, fish is naturally a primary source of nutrition. For most families, nearly 60% of all animal-based protein in their diet comes from the oceans. Hardly surprising, of course, when you consider that the Solomon Islands lie in the warm and productive seas of the Coral Triangle, where nutrient rich currents feed diverse coral reefs, which in turn supports over one-third of the world's reef fish species.

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