Category Archives: Mangalore

4th Anniversary of Dr M.C. Nandeesha


Dr M.C. Nandeesha and Prof M.S. Swaminathan together during a 2011 conference in Chennai on mangrove conservation. Photo: Piyashi DebRoy.

Dr. Mudnakudu C. Nandeesha (1957-2012), who instigated many women/gender in aquaculture and fisheries initiatives, passed away on 27 December 2012. On the 4th anniversary of his passing, we pause to remember him and acknowledge his contributions on many fronts, including on gender awareness and action.

Dr Nandeeshabegan his work in aquaculture research and development in Karnataka State, India, and was then influential in fish breeding in Andra Pradesh. From India, he moved on to work in aquaculture and development work in Cambodia and Bangladesh, before returning to become a leading aquaculture educator in universities in Tripura and Tamil Nadu, India. Along the way, Nandeesha became very engaged and influential in institution building, through professional societies such as the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch, the Asian Fisheries Society, the World Aquaculture Society and Aquaculture without Frontiers, among others. He was concerned with improving the professionalisation of fisheries and aquaculture, infrastructure and bringing women and men farmers into collaboration with scientists (see his regular “Farmers as Scientists” articles in NACA’s Asian Aquaculture magazine from about 2002 to 2004: LINK).

See our previous articles on Dr M.C. Nandeesha. LINK

Milestones for women in fisheries

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2016, Yemaya, the gender in fisheries newsletter of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers, collected a set of regional summaries of milestones for women in fisheries. In her overview for this issue of Yemaya, the editor, Nilanjana Biswas, concluded that while we take stock of, and celebrate the achievements, we should also reflect on the long road of struggle ahead—a struggle for the rights of small-scale fisheries; for the rights of women engaged in fishing, fish trade and fish-work. 

Cartoon courtesy ICSF, Yemaya Issue 51.

Cartoon courtesy ICSF, Yemaya Issue 51.

Read these summaries, plus other articles at: Yemaya. Here are the contents.

  1. Counting on Women by Sarah Harper and Danika Kleiber
  2. Women in Aquaculture by Arlene Nietes
    Satapornvanit et al
  3. Women in Fisheries in Africa: 1999-2015 by Jackie Sunde
  4. A Historic Journey by Cornelie Quist and Katia Frangoudes
  5. Profile: A.G. Chitrani: Transforming others’ lives with her courage
    Leader from Trincomalee, Sri Lanka 
    by Herman Kumara
  6. Milestones: General Recommendation on the Rights of Rural Women by Ramya Rajagopalan
  7. Cooperative Action by Suhas Wasave and Arpita Sharma
  8. Evocations of the Sea by Vipul Rikhi
  9. Women in Fisheries in Asia: 1978 – 2016 by Meryl Williams et al
  10. Q & A: Mercy Antony of Kerala by Venugopalan N
  11. Yemaya Recommends: Film – Oceans, the Voice of the Invisible by Alain Le Sann (translated Daniele Le Sann).

SPECIAL RELEASE! Proceedings of the 1990 India Women in Fisheries Workshop

  In our fields of interest, we so often  overlook what has already been done.  In fisheries and aquaculture, previous women/gender studies are often forgotten because mainstream interest in them has waxed and waned and previous studies and workshops are forgotten. In addition, many publications from before the internet age are now difficult to find and new researchers and decision-makers have little knowledge of them.

We are very happy to announce one effort to ensure we remember the contributions already made.  Thanks to the executive of the Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch (especially Dr Nandeesha and Dr Mridula Rajesh) and Dr Bil Hansen, we can now present a full text-searchable version of the 1992 Proceedings of the 1990 AFSIB Workshop on Women in Fisheries.

The Workshop was held in Mangalore, Karnatka and contains materials that remind us:

  • what has changed, especially in the dramatic growth and globalization of the sector and in the greater recognition of gender roles now;
  • what has not, especially the very limited progress in improving the position and recognition of women; and
  • the challenges. In the case of this last point, Nalini Nayak’s keynote address – Fisheries – A Feminist Perspective – is a must read.

Download at

The reference is:

Sudhindra R. Gadagkar, 1992, Women in Indian Fisheries. Proceedings of the Workshop on Women in Indian Fisheries, 27 May 1990. Special Publication 8, 51 pp. Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch, Mangalore, India.

Cover credit: Muralikrishna, B.


  • Foreword H.P.C. Shetty p. 5
  • Preface Suhindra R. Gadagkar p. 7
  • Fisheries – A Feminist Perspective Nalini Nayak p. 9
  • Women Fish Vendors of South Kerala and their Efforts to Organise  Alleyamma Vijayan p. 12
  • Fisherwomen’s Problems and Their Social Participation in Chidambaranar District of Tamil Nadu B. Ahilan and P. Selvaraj p. 16
  • Problems of Women Workers in the Fish Processing Industry  Beena. D.  p. 19
  • Empowering Fisherwomen Krishna Srinath and K. Thangamani p. 21
  • Role of Apex Institutions in Promoting Fisherwomen Cooperatives S. Surya Chandra Rao p. 24
  • Employment Opportunities for Women in Freshwater Aquaculture T.J. Varghese and M.C. Nandeesha p. 27
  • Employment Opportunities for Women in Coastal Aquaculture K. Alagaraswami p. 30
  • Employment Generation for Women in Fisheries M.R. Nair and M.K. Kandoran p. 33
  • Fishery Technology Package for the Upliftment of Coastal Women P.J. Cecily p. 36
  • Training of Women in Fish Processing and Fish Culture P. Sukumar, N.V. Sujath Kumar and P. Selvaraj p. 40
  • Training Campaigns on Fish Processing for Fisherwomen in Chidambaranar and Tirunelveli Kattabomman Districts of Tamil Nadu B. Ahilan, N.V. Sujath Kumar and P. Selvaraj p. 43
  • Women in Fisheries Research and Education T. Rajyalakshmi p. 45
  • Women in Fisheries Management and Administration Shakuntala Shenoy p. 48
  • Recommendations of the Workshop p. 50