Assessing the gender-based perception of climate change and ocean acidification of coastal artisanal fishing communities in Liberia

The research was separated into three phases: (1) designing the survey, (2) conducting surveys and focus group discussions in the field, and (3) continually analyzing the data.

With the assistance of Dr. Patrizia Ziveri, our Pier2Peer mentor, we partnered with Dr. Victoria Reyes from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Comanagement Association (CMA) in Robertsport to plan interviews and group discussions involving female fishers and traders. This project utilized a research protocol based on the LICCI project

Examining the involvement of women in fisheries will offer comprehensive insights into geolocalized community-based data concerning climate change and ocean acidification effects and resilience. This research study aims to investigate how local knowledge can assist in climate and ocean acidification research, enhance our comprehension of the perceived impacts of climate change and ocean acidification, and incorporate local knowledge into policymaking. The project will document and communicate climate change, and ocean acidification impacts at the local level, capturing how small-scale fisheries (SSF) have adapted to these impacts.

The study aims to pinpoint locally perceived species abundance, temporality, location, and size and evaluate how the fishing community has responded to these changes.

Sheck Sherif, mnews africa, 27 May 2023. Article.

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