Neighborhood leaders, Joal-Fadiouth (2014)
Community elders in Joal (2014)

My doctoral research theorizes the politics of access to fish in Senegal from an intersectional perspective. I push forward understandings of the notion of seascapes to investigate how a byproduct of artisanal fisheries became a precious commodity that fisherfolk fight over in such a way that re-iterates gender as one, but not the only, difference that matters to who is able to benefit from marine resources. Fish is crucial to nutritional security, and rising prices have stoked public anger that has been highly publicized in recent years. Adjacent to ocean waters that experience among the highest levels of illegal, underreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the world, Senegal’s largely futile efforts to control distant-water fishing boats makes it difficult to convince small-scale fishers to comply with new and existing regulations. I contextualize historically relative inaccessibility within this current political ecological impasse.