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Unravelling the Role of Gender in Fisheries’ Socio-Economic Performance: The Case of Greek Small-Scale Fisheries

Agricultural Economics Research Institute, Hellenic Agricultural Organization, Terma Alkmanos str. P.C., 11528 Athens, Greece
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Sustainability 2020, 12(13), 5304; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12135304
Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 28 June 2020 / Accepted: 29 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
Small-scale fisheries account for 94% of the Greek fishing fleet. The sector consists mainly of family-owned vessels and highly depends on family labor. While the role of women as crew members is of particular interest, there is little evidence of their actual employment status, labor situation, and contribution in the fishing activity. This paper focuses on women in small-scale fisheries in order to investigate their role in the sector and reveal their contribution to fishing enterprises. In addition, it implements a comparative analysis to investigate the differences in various socio-economic indicators in small-scale vessels with and without female crew members. The results indicate that the presence of women has a positive outcome on several social and economic indicators that reflect the wealth of both fishing households and employees. In terms of employment, several differences in the structural characteristics appeared regarding the onshore employment, the share of unpaid labor, and the total hours worked. The majority of female crew members can be characterized as “fisherwomen,” since fishing is their main occupation. Further in-depth research to investigate the family relations among crew members and how they affect the fishing enterprise can supplement the existing research. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender; women; small-scale fisheries; comparative analysis; Greece gender; women; small-scale fisheries; comparative analysis; Greece
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Liontakis, A.; Tzouramani, I.; Mantziaris, S.; Sintori, A. Unravelling the Role of Gender in Fisheries’ Socio-Economic Performance: The Case of Greek Small-Scale Fisheries. Sustainability 2020, 12, 5304.

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