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Title: Mind the Gender Gap in Marine Recreational Fisheries
Authors: Pita, Pablo; Ainsworth, Gillian Barbara; Alba, Bernardino; Alos, Josep; Beiro, Jose; Martin-Sosa, Pablo; Martinez, Llibori; Marugan-Pintos, Begona; Morales-Nin, Beatriz; Mugerza, Estanis; Nieto, Beatriz; Seijo, Javier; Pujol, Marta; Tubio, Ana; Venerus, Leonardo A.; Villasante, Sebastian
Abstract: One of the most relevant information gaps in worldwide fisheries is related to the origin and consequences of the gender gap. Recreational fisheries show a remarkable gender gap, which has been especially poorly addressed in the scientific literature. In 2021, the Spanish Working Group on Marine Recreational Fishing (MRF) developed a broad diagnosis on the participation of women in MRF and agreed on a roadmap to address negative impacts derived from the gender gap. The network experts concluded that there is an urgent need to include the gender gap in the agendas of scientists, fishery managers, policy-makers, stakeholder organizations, and civil society. There is a need to better understand the gender-related socio-ecological impacts of MRF to improve fisheries governance and to develop policies and initiatives that facilitate the full access of women to the benefits derived from the practice of MRF. Establishing economic incentives, increasing the visibility of female success references, developing fishing-related programs specifically designed for girls, and promoting the perception of MRF as a family leisure activity in contact with nature will increase women's engagement.
Keywords: fisherwomen; recreational fishing; gender gap; social inequalities; outdoor activities; well-being; SPECIALIZATION; MARLIN; SEA
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: MDPI
Type: Article
DOI: 10.3390/su151411292
E-ISSN: 2071-1050
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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