Based in Paris, France, The International Organisation for Women in the Seafood Industry exists the recognize women’s participation in the global seafood industry.
Their website says that one in every two seafood workers worldwide is a woman, yet very few women hold leadership positions, and most are paid relatively less.
To help fulfill the organization’s goal of telling the stories of women in the seafood industry, one of their initiatives is an international video contest. You can watch all of this year’s contest winners here.
Justin Oakey and Troy Maher’s profile of the Girls Who Fish program in Petty Harbour has taken third place in the contest.
A flagship program of Fishing for Success, the Girls Who Fish initiative is a women-led program that aims to teach women between 8-80 “outdoor independence.” The group meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, from 1-4 pm, at The Island Rooms in Petty Harbour (10 Main Rd).
The Girls Who Fish program is run by Fishing for Success, an organization doing many great things to reconnect Newfoundlanders & Labradorians with the fishery, sea culture, and our relationship with nature in general. As Kimberly Orren says in the video, there was a time 80% of us were involved in the fishery. By the time of the cod moratorium, that number was down to 30%. Today it’s 2%.
“How is that story going to continue if less than 2% of us are involved in it? I guess that’s why I ‘m doing what I’m doing, and trying to make [fishing] as accessible and inclusive as possible.”
Here is Oakey & Maher’s bronze-winning profile of the program.