Although women and men work together, fisheries have been perceived as men’s job.
Antropologists, however, report that women have taken over important roles in the job since ancient times.
Due to social engagements, women have assumed roles such as household chores and raising children which in turn excluded them from professional life and eventually from official records.
There are over 70 fishermen along the coasts of Datça-Bozburun fishing either alone or with their husbands.
Fisherwomen have reported they love the job inspite of hardships and obligations such as repairing and heaving nets, having to look after their children onboard or leaving them at home, having to live on the boat for 3-4 monts in summer season, lack of free space and toilet in the boat and having to work even when pregnant.
Reluctance of younger generation living in the coastal areas is the foremost danger facing artisanal fisheries. Most of the fishermen are over 40 years old.
With no support from the government and public, fishermwomen are losing their will to continue. They argue that illegal and overfishing are the worst factors that cause them to suffer. It is evident that families living solely on fishing, especially fisherwomen, are destined to diminish gradually.
On the other hand, there are many organizations in other countries on artisanal fisheries and fisherwomen which provide support and conduct projects in order to improve and empower fisherwomen.
The current situation conveys the assessment that fisherwomen are being simply ignored and denied to be represented in professional organizations such as cooperatives.
FISHERWOMEN OF THE AEGEAN
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