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Flaxen Conway, OSU College of Liberal Arts and Oregon Sea Grant

Public Talk: Women’s Roles in Oregon's Fishing Industry

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Public Talk: Women’s Roles in Oregon's Fishing Industry

Visitor Center Auditorium 

Professor Flaxen Conway will present a public talk, Women’s Roles in Oregon's Fishing Industry at the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Visitor Center on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:30pm. Her talk will focus on recent research exploring the changing role of women in Oregon’s commercial fishing industry. 
Women’s contributions to the fishing industry are not always visible and are continually evolving. They have traditionally performed onshore legwork roles, such as provisioning vessels and taking care of the financial side of the business. But interviewees who participated in the research noted an increase in the number of women involved in research or management – such as serving on task forces and commissions – sometimes because of increasingly complex regulations and markets.
Professor Conway notes that the increasing complexities of the fishing industry have solidified women’s need to turn to social support groups such as Newport Fishermen’s Wives and to continually adapt by learning new skills. For example, one fisherman’s wife described the challenge of understanding fishing quotas: “How do I open a quota share account, how do I trade quota, how do I transfer it from account to account? That’s the kind of constant learning [that’s necessary] as regulations change. And I think that the learning curve – as opposed to 20 years ago – [has] grown exponentially.”
Professor Conway adds, “I’ve always been really impressed with the resilience of the fishing community, and this work has showed us that adaptation has actually resulted in a major change in the roles women play in the family business.” For more information on this research, see http://bit.ly/2l8T8AF.
More on our speaker:

Flaxen Conway is a Professor in the Sociology Program, School of Public Policy, in the OSU College of Liberal Arts. She’s also an Extension Specialist with Oregon Sea Grant Program, and the Director of the Marine Resource Management Graduate Program. She conducts research, education and engagement about how changes in natural resource policy and management effect industries, workforces, agencies, communities, groups and families that directly depend on them. She specializes in helping individuals and groups adapt to change through cooperative learning, accessing resources, building coalitions and planning strategies that meet the needs of all interests. 


OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center
Visitor Center Auditorium
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport
OR
Free
Maryann Bozza
541-867-0234
maryann.bozza at oregonstate.edu
Hatfield
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