Dileepa de Croos

Wayamba University of Sri Lanka

Dr. MDST de Croos is a UNU-FTP fellow specialised in fisheries stock assessment in the year 2007. During his training he investigated the present status of shrimp trawl fishery off west coast of Sri Lanka. He completed his PhD at the University of Iceland in 2011 with the financial support of UNU-FTP and ICEDA. His dissertation work investigated the application of population genetic information for fisheries management, further he showed the effect of “unnatural selection” (selective harvesting) and its implications for sustainable resource management in western Sri Lankan shrimp fishery.

De Crooss’ current research focuses on struggles over marine resources and coastal livelihoods. He focuses on developing interdisciplinary strategies to investigate resilience, vulnerability, adaptation, and governance in small-scale fisheries to ensure sustainable use of living marine resources.

SESSIONS:

Role of women and social impact of seafood, Mon 15:20

Role of Artisanal fisheries activities of Weligama, Southern Sri Lanka

ABSTRACT

In Sri Lanka, fisheries significantly contribute to rural livelihoods through food-security and income generation. As fishery sector is a male-domain, this paper briefs the status of women involvements in fishery activities at Weligama, Sothern Sri Lanka during August-November 2016. Median age of fisherwomen was 40-49 years (37.5%) and many involved in post-harvest activities: salting, sun-drying and selling. Lack of tertiary education (of 82%) is the main hindrance of getting an alternative employment. Women engaged with fishery-activities showed higher economic autonomy (earned ~US$ 70 per month), improved life status and influence on their households and livelihoods. But insufficient income, confidence and support networks with other women in the industry were the main barriers considered by them. Various trainings requested by 71.4% of fisherwomen wanted to support more for their families rather than career improvement. Most fisherwomen work >10 hr per-day and they believe their skills and abilities are untapped resources of fishing industry.