Elasmobranch (Sharks & Rays) biology and fisheries monitoring

Shark and Ray Fisheries Trisha Gupta, Chetan Rao, Muralidharan M., Naveen Namboothri and Kartik Shanker Elasmobranchs (sharks and rays) represent some of the most endangered marine species across the globe. They are slow growing and produce relatively few young, which makes them very vulnerable to human activities such as fishing; millions of sharks and rays…

Developing a rapid needs assessment framework for fishing communities

Developing a rapid needs assessment framework for fishing communities Marianne Manuel, Tanya Koshy, Samyuktha Rao, Fathima Husain, Naveen Namboothri Considering the large economic contribution and the employment and livelihood opportunities that the fishing sector generates, there is an immediate need to focus on improving the lives of the coastal fisher communities. However, the diffuse and…

A humanitarian response enabled by networks

By Aarthi Sridhar and Madhuri Mondal | Most individuals and organisations involved with social change in India find themselves embedded within multiple networks and coalitions of the country’s vibrant civil society. Since our inception in 2008, Dakshin has built up such engagement to actively facilitate and strengthen civil society networks comprised of coastal community-based organisations and fishworker groups, but also disciplinary experts from law and natural science.

Reimagining relief: go local

By Asha Cherian | Often, when providing relief one has to choose between households and decide where lies the greatest need. This can be a harsh process where one invariably excludes households that are only marginally better positioned than the most desperate or wretched. With limited funds available against the colossal scale of deprivation these were the difficult decisions confronting our local partners and us.

Forgotten people, forgotten stories: fisherwomen in lockdown

By Ishaan Khot | Media coverage on issues of marginalisation and social injustice can sometimes be skewed, silencing certain voices and narratives in deference to dominant power structures and societal norms. Women in fisheries represent one such group that is marginalised within an already marginalised community. Women’s issues, though critical, tend to remain invisible as much of the dialogue is often focussed on fishermen.