Exploring the role of women in fishing families

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Small-scale fishing families are under threat.

In the UK their vessels make up 80% of the nation’s fishing fleet yet they receive only 4% of the total national fishing quota.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Newfoundland fisheries have been downsized in response to fisheries closures in the early 1990s.

In both locations people who depend upon this industry have been left vulnerable. This includes thousands of women who are vital to the survival of small-scale fishing businesses.

To explore and raise their profile, this research project will examine women's roles, identities and wellbeing in fishing families.

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it is being conducted at the University of Exeter Medical School and runs until the end of 2020.


We want to understand the roles of women in fishing families


We're listening

Through a series of interviews we're gaining an insight into women's 'invisible' roles.

To ensure we leave no stone unturned, we'd like to speak to women from a range of backgrounds across the fishing community. We'll be conducting a series of confidential interviews and would like to hear from anyone willing to share their story with us.

This kind of study is known as qualitative research. Our participants are the experts and we collect our data by listening to their experiences.

Once we have gathered a broad mix of information, we bring it all together and search for patterns and recurring themes. By doing this, we can spot problems that are common to certain groups, and make suggestions to solve them.


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