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Traditional management of artisanal fisheries in North East Nigeria : a research framework

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  • The Traditional Management of Artisanal Fisheries in North East Nigeria project (TMAF) has been funded by British Overseas Development Administration (ODA) to investigate the possibilities for designing a more effective management system for fisheries of the Sub-Saharan Savanna region using a community-based approach. The need for a new approach is based on the general perception that the region's fisheries are threatened with overexploitation. A major aim of the project is to investigate the existing management systems from a socio-economic perspective. Special attention has been given to traditional systems of management, which have in the past, been successful in controlling the utilization of the highly complex and dynamic fisheries resources. A preliminary typology of fisheries management was identified from TMAF research in 1993 and 1994. This was used as the basis for the development of two complimentary research themes to investigate and monitor systems of fisheries management in Northeast Nigeria: an Investigation of Fisheries Management Systems (IFMS) and a Fisheries Information Monitoring System (FIMS). The key objective of the TMAF project is to enable comparisons between assessments of individual systems of fisheries management. This paper presents the research framework, which was developed to guide the IFMS and FIMS and the methodology which was used to reveal the complex and sometimes sensitive issues underlying the exploitation of common fishery resources. The main conclusion of the paper is that the research framework and methodology have been successful in investigating the complexities of fisheries management in North East Nigeria. It is suggested that the research framework could be adapted for investigations of fisheries management in other contexts.
  • KEYWORDS: Fishery management, Community management, Socio-economic analysis
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  • Sarch, Marie-Therese, Arthur E. Neiland. 1996. Traditional management of artisanal fisheries in North East Nigeria : a research framework. Peer Review: No. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 1-4, 1996, Marrakech, Morocco. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2002. CD ROM.
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