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Oil and Fisheries in Ghana: Prospects for a Socio-ecological Compact

"Fisheries play a crucial role in supporting livelihoods and food security in Ghana. While there is a sizable industrial fishing fleet, more than two-thirds of Ghana’s total marine fish catch is accounted for by artisanal fishers. These fishers no…

'What is the Value of the Constitution?' Value Chains, Livelihoods and Food Security in SA's Large and Small Scale Fisheries

"This paper seeks to assess the state of knowledge in relation to the interrelated subjects of value chains, livelihoods, food systems, and regulatory dynamics in South Africa’s large-­ and small-­scale fisheries. South Africa’s marine fisheries pl…

Small-scale Fisheries in a Modernising Economy: Opportunities and Challenges in Mozambique

"Mozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism. However, it is the recent discovery of si…

Small-scale Fisheries in Mozambique

"Small-scale fisheries in Africa employ over 95% of fishers and provide more than 90% of the fish consumed across the continent. In Mozambique, as elsewhere on the continent, small-scale fisheries are a crucial component of the rural economy, suppo…

Sustainable Livelihoods and Marine Resources: How does South Africa's Policy for the Small-scale Fisheries Sector Consider Current Challenges on the Ground?

"There is a marked need to better understand the interconnectivity between poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability, since impoverished communities are often dependent upon their natural habitat to meet basic needs. Strategies to impro…

A Pilot Study Report on Sustainable Utilization of Biomass Energy among the Fisher Folk of L Victoria Beaches, Kenya

Lake Victoria is the main source of fish for East African countries. Five communities in Kenya depend on the lake for survival. The fishing sector has been affected by climate change but deforestation and emissions have also contributed to the probl…

ELCI-ACTS Greening the Fishery Economy Project A Pilot Study Report on Sustainable Utilization of Biomass Energy Among the Fisher Folk of L Victoria Beaches, Kenya

"Lake Victoria has over decades been identified as a major fresh water lake and main source of fish for East African countries. Over 30 million livelihoods across the entire lake stretch depend on the lake’s existence for their survival. In Kenya, o…

Policies for Enhanced Fisheries Productivity and Security

Fisheries contribute at least $10 billion to African economies annually. In countries such as Angola, Egypt and Namibia, fisheries are the vital economic activities. The fisheries industry is also a solution to food security, especially since fish …

Development, Sustainability and Social Justice: The Elusive Balancing Act of African Fisheries Governance

"The discourse on African fisheries governance is dominated by themes of unrealised potential and crisis. Undoubtedly, the threats are significant: illegal fishing and overfishing by foreign industrial vessels, as well as intense fishing pressure in…

Backing Small-scale Fishers: Opportunities and Challenges in Transforming the Fish Sector

"Globally, small-scale fisheries play a significant role in food security, poverty reduction and income generation. At the 2008 Global Conference on Small-Scale Fishing in Bangkok, Thailand, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)…

Community Opportunities in Aquaculture: What are the Possibilities and Limits?

"Developing countries are more likely to feel the fish shortfall as cheap and accessible fish protein becomes less available. Increased aquaculture production could be critical in bridging the gap. However, despite huge advances in aquaculture in Ch…

Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS into South African Fisheries Policy

"This study set out to investigate the impact of HIV and Aids on selected fishing communities in South Africa. The goal of the research was to assist DEAT: MCM in mainstreaming HIV/Aids into fisheries policy through ethnographic and in-depth analysi…

A Social Coastal Fisheries Policy for South Africa? Subsistence Fisheries Co-management for Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation

"The Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is the custodian of South Africa’s natural marine resources. Management and allocation of this resource had always had a strong scientifi…

Challenges and Prospects for Trans-boundary Fisheries in Lakes Chiuta and Kariba

"This brief set out to highlight the challenges and prospects for involvement of resource-users around trans-boundary fisheries. Whilst the countries involved have instituted CBNRM initiatives and are implementing TBNRM programmes, the actual contr…

South African Fisheries Reform - Past, Present and Future?

"Two approaches to transformation of the South African fishery industry were adopted after the advent of democracy: the broadening of access rights to new rights holders (individuals and companies) through state intervention (external transformati…

'It's all about Money!' Implementation of South Africa's New Fisheries Policy

"Since the 1994 'negotiated revolution', South Africa's fishing industry has been under pressure to 'become transformed', just like most other industries and administrative institutions. The broad goals of the new dispensation were gradually spelt …

A Decade of Fisheries Co-Management in Africa: Going Back to the Roots? Empowering Fishing Communities? Or just an Illusion?

"This paper provides an overview of co-management in Africa and the historical, political and paradigmatic reasons for the shift. The historical context is important when analysing the performance of the regime. The main reasons why comanagement i…

Socio-economic Contribution of South African Fisheries and their Current Legal, Policy and Management Frameworks

"Fisheries policy is founded on two fundamental principles: that fisheries resources belong to all of South Africa's people, and that these resources shuld be utilised on a sustainable basis. South Africa's management authorities face a growing need…

Strategy for Fisheries Socio-economic Research

"This document sets broad strategic directions for a period of five years and provides a framework on which fisheries socio-economic research priorities can be determined on a more frequent basis. This document is divided into six chapters: Chapter …

Crew Members in South Africa's Squid Industry: Whether they have Benefitted from Transformation and Governance Reforms

"Although crew members form bedrock of the squid industry, they have not benefited from the transformation and governance reforms because: the harvesting technique necessitates incentivisation of individual effort; they are highly mobile; and the in…

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