Understanding the gender role in fishing ban seasons

November 2017: Dr S Velvizhi, Principal Scientist and Head – Fish for All Centre, Poompuhar, MSSRF, has co-authored an article in the Elsevier journal ‘World Development’ titled "A Gendered Analysis of Fisherfolk’s Livelihood Adaptation and Coping Responses in the Face of a Seasonal Fishing Ban in Tamil Nadu & Puducherry, India". This was a joint study by Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, Michigan State University, East Lansing, USA, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Ernakulam, India and M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation. It explores how people respond to economic stresses resulting from natural resource regulations. Probing the fishing ban period in Tamil Nadu – Puducherry, the study highlights the need to examine gender and livelihood adaptation beyond male - female dichotomy and consider locally relevant power, class, and sex to understand the reasons for people’s adaptations. This has implications for resource management decisions that do not force individuals to choose between long-term livelihood resilience and response to immediate stresses.

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