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In the last 20 years the issue of “Women in Fisheries” (WIF) has become increasingly important, particularly following the first three World Conferences on Women; the International Women’s Year, Mexico City, Mexico, 1975; Copenhagen, Denmark, 1980; Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. The Fourth World Conference on Women, 1995 and the World Food Summit, 1996 gave a significant boost to the issue, creating greater awareness. The Beijing Conference highlighted the need to promote the status of women, to implement gender-sensitive economic policies and programmes targeting poor women and the World Food Summit underlined the central role of women in food security and the need to guarantee their right to productive resources and equal opportunities to use and develop their skills.

It is in this context that WIF has to be considered because WIF as a term underlines not only the role of women in the fishery industry as such but also women as wives and mothers with all their household activities. The aim of this work is to bring the issue of WIF closer to readers by facilitating the retrieval of information concerning studies and research centring on women’s participation in the fishing industry, from women and captures, to women and aquaculture, women and small-scale fisheries, women and the processing sector, women and marketing.

The bibliography represents an updating of a previous bibliography compiled by Patricia Merrikin (1990) “Women in fisheries - a selective annotated bibliography” (FAO Fisheries Circular No. 811 Revision 1). This study’s focus is from 1990 to date. For any previous works reference can be made to Merrikin’s bibliography.

Some salient points have emerged from this work:

To fulfil this research, documents have been reviewed from the Fisheries Branch Library, the David Lubin Memorial Library and bibliographic databases, the Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), the International Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences (CABI), the International Information System for the Agricultural Sciences and Technology (AGRIS), and through the Internet. The bibliography is divided into five main parts: monographs, articles, documentaries, projects and workshop papers, and website addresses on WIF. Each part is organized in alphabetical order, then for each author chronologically by date of publication, and original titles have been kept. Each entry presents basic information such as date, editor, place of publication, number of pages and a short summary highlighting the basic issues of the document. In the case of articles the volume of the periodical, the number of the issue and pages are marked, and in the case of projects and workshops, the project’s name and number are provided together with the number of pages. There is a geographic and a subject index at the end of the bibliography, that make reference to the page number where the index entry is.

In this bibliography, I have attempted to bring the readers’ attention mainly to projects and studies retrieved from the databases available at FAO and through the Internet. Therefore this bibliography cannot be regarded as comprehensive.

I would like to thank particularly Ms. Patricia Merrikin and Mr. Uwe Tietze who, based on the experience of the previous bibliography, gave me very useful suggestions, Ms. Graciela Pereira from INFOPESCA and Ms. Helga Josupeit who advised me and supported me in the preparation of this work. They have also agreed to make it available on the Internet, on Globefish’s website, and on the website of “Red Latinoamericana de las Mujeres del Sector Pesquero” hosted by INFOPESCA’s site, I am also very grateful to Ms. Jean Collins, Mr. Armand Gribling and Mr. Andrea Perini who assisted me in the retrieval of all the documents useful for the bibliography from the Fisheries Library. I would like also to thank Ms. Adele Crispoldi and Mr. John Curry for their interest in this work.

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