Assessing the Poverty-Illegal Fishing Nexus in the Lake Victoria Fisheries Public Deposited

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  • Is there a direct link between poverty and illegal fishing in Lake Victoria? The paper argues that presenting poverty as the main driver of illegal fishing in Lake Victoria masks core underlying causes of illegal fishing. Illegal fishing practice is a significant ecological trend in Lake Victoria. It is not only threatening the long-term sustainability of the fishery but also of the fishing communities dependent on it. Illegal fishing is directly impacting the productivity of the lake through destruction of key interdependent components of the lake‚ ecosystem and the habitats that fish depend on for breeding. It is estimated to lead to millions of dollars‚ worth of lost annual economic benefits, and creates significant environmental damage. Evidences show that more than 60% of fish caught through illegal fishing are juveniles. Thus, the future capability of Lake Victoria to remain productive, hinges on the understanding of dynamics of illegal fishing that include socio-economic, institutional, and global policies, among others. First, the paper discusses the key theories that underpin the poverty-illegal fishing nexus. Second, using a meta-analytical approach the paper analyzes case studies of illegal fishing in Lake Victoria to reveal patterns and key variables. Third, these variables are tested for significance level in order to differentiate between underlying causes and proximate factors. The paper shows that poverty is a proximate cuse and not the underlying factor behind illegal fishing in Lake Victoria. These findings are crucial for local and trans-boundary fisheries management policy interventions.
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  • Kateka, A., Mkenda, A., Lokina, R. Assessing the Poverty-Illegal Fishing Nexus in the Lake Victoria Fisheries. In: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.
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