Beyond Words: Participatory research method helps share the lived experience of small-scale fishers in the Solomon Islands
In the Pacific, most data collected is quantitative and thus unable to answer questions that can only really be understood with qualitative research. In response, more attention has been given to participatory research methods that are often committed to honoring the lived experience and knowledge of the people involved. Participatory research methods provide a space for the voices of individuals who, in the past, have been oppressed or silenced.
In the Solomon Islands, WorldFish scientists have been working with the Santupaele Community to undertake a participatory research method called Photovoice. Previously, our research team helped construct and deploy a fish aggregating device (FAD) for Santupaele fishers. The FAD provided the community with an alternate fishing area so that their local reef could be relieved of fishing pressures. The team reconnected with the women and men from Santupaele in an effort to better understand how community members view and value their own roles in fisheries. See their responses below. Read the rest here