Women in Fisheries Network

“By and for the women involved in UK fisheries”

The Women in Fisheries is a network open to all women who work in the UK fishing industry

Their network brings together women who are vessel owners, fleet managers, fishermen, fishmongers, processors, fishing conservationists, charity workers, trainers or other workers

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Introducing some of the Women of the
Women in Fisheries Network

©Perran Tremewan and supplied courtesy of UK Women in Fisheries

Dangoule Hosken, Fish Packer and Team Leader at Whitelink Seafoods Ltd, Cornwall

Elaine Lorys, MFS Master Fishmonger at Stevenson, Newlyn

©Perran Tremewan and supplied courtesy of UK Women in Fisheries
©Perran Tremewan and supplied courtesy of UK Women in Fisheries

Freya Cohen, Fishing Animateur (CRCC)

We also spoke with Freya to hear how the Animateurs can help Fishing businesses and communities can access funding opportunities

The Women In Fisheries Network aspires to put a spotlight on the visible and invisible roles that
women play in our industry

It is difficult to find statistics on the actual number of women working in our fishing industry

The Women in Fisheries Network cites that ‘Women made up about 15% of the UK’s fisheries and aquaculture sector in 2012 but we have little information on what these women were doing’

Credit: Seafish
Ashley Mullenger says its a male dominated industry - but everyone she has met, mostly men, are really supportive to her as a Fisherman. Photo credit @thefemalefisherman

Attitudes to women in fishing are changing, and at the recent Fishing News Awards, women walked away with two of the main awards – U15m Fisherman of the Year, and Trainee of the Year.

There are several schemes in development to encourage women to choose fishing as a career, with several options

The UK Women in Fisheries network believe that women play a significant role in the fisheries sector, and their voices are of rising importance in the decision making process to combat climate change.

Not only for their experience, but for the conciliatory approach to the problems being faced

Photo credit: Seafish

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