Women "face discrimination, hold few management positions and are underrepresented in decision-making groups about investments for sustainable fisheries." 60 million women across the world work in the fishing industry; yet they are significantly under-represented and face discrimination in this line of work. Karina Aguilar, who fishes in the Yucatan region of Mexico, believes that the fishing industry can become more sustainable with improved financing and a secure fishing rights arrangement. Evidence suggests that investing in women is also the most effective way to invest in human and planetary health. Sustainable ocean financing would help undo the damage from problems such as coastal degradation and overfishing that are affecting millions of livelihoods. Karina Aguilar fishes for grouper, octopus and sea cucumber in the Yucatan region of Mexico. A champion of sustainable fishing, she has been slowly growing her cooperative business and hopes to open a processing plant to export her products to international markets. To do that, she will need financing. She may have a long wait. Some 60 million women work in the fishing industry, making up nearly half that global workforce . But women often do the least recognized and lowest paid jobs – collecting fish on the […]


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