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Leonie Noble, National President of Australia’s Women In Seafood Board. (Photo: WINSC)

A Celebration of Women in the Seafood Industry

  (WORLDWIDE, 3/8/2017)

On March 8th, International Women‘s Day, Nelson, New Zealand will launch a rolling programme of events around the globe to celebrate the role women play in the seafood industry.

Seafood women in Iceland, the United States, Chile, Europe, Australia and New Zealand are taking part.

 Donna Wells, owner and CEO of Finestkind Limited.

Donna Wells of Nelson’s Finestkind is organising a breakfast, the first event of rolling celebrations around the globe.

Around 60 women in the seafood industry are attending the breakfast to be opened by the Mayor, Rachel Reese.

“Given the importance of the seafood industry to Nelson, being Australasia’s largest fishing port, it’s appropriate that we should be the first to celebrate our women in the industry,” says Donna Wells.

One of the country’s most celebrated women in the seafood industry, Fleur Sullivan of Fleur’s Place, Moeraki, North Otago, is guest speaker.

“We are thrilled that Fleur is joining us. Fleur champions New Zealand seafood every day in her Moeraki restaurant turning the coastal fishing settlement into a gourmet destination for locals and overseas visitors.

Fleur Sullivan, owner of Fleur's Place in Moeraki.

“Fleur is internationally famed for the respect she gives our kaimoana – her approach is simple and based on the catch of the day in Moeraki,” says Donna Wells.

“Tomorrow is a chance to celebrate the role of women throughout our industry, those who work on our fishing vessels, in our aquaculture businesses and factories, to women who work in the science that supports our industries and women who promote and sell our products. Women play an important role in this country’s 1.7 billion dollar industry,” says Donna Wells, whose Port Nelson based business deals with quota and ace trading, exporting of fresh chilled fish and seafood promotion.

Women participate in all segments of the seafood industry, including fishing, farming, trading and selling, monitoring and administration. But the widespread lack of consideration for their role and work in the seafood industry is, in many respects, disadvantageous to them and ultimately bars them from participating fully and equitably in the industry. 

Judy Dann, Depot Manager at the Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-op; Karen Mannix, packer at White’s Fisheries and Manue Daniels, southern rock lobster fisher.

A report from FAO written by Marie Christine Monfort was published in 2015 with the aim to increase awareness of business leaders and policy makers, to expand their knowledge and sensitization about the value women bring to the seafood industry, and to encourage them to consider each time they develop a new project or a policy: "Have we not overlooked women?". Read the full report here.

Claire Webber, Research and Liaison Officer at the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association; Christine Jackson, Owner and operator of a Lakes & Coorong fishing licence  and Heidi Walker, Walker Seafoods Australia's owner.

About The International Women's Day

International Women's Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women's Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

Women participate in all segments of the seafood industry, including fishing, farming, trading and selling, monitoring and administration.

In different regions the focus of the celebrations ranges from general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements.

 

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