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The proposed research arises out of the allocation of fishing rights in the Western Cape Province of the Republic of South Africa. Many fishing communities have had their traditional livelihoods threatened by over-fishing of relevant stocks. The South African government has in principle decided that a certain proportion of the total allowable catches or fishing effort shall be allocated to applicants from such communities. The proposed research addresses both the decision process whereby rights are allocated and the empowerment of members of the community effectively to utilize the opportunities offered by rights allocations. The project will involve action research on two fisheries (still to be selected) and in two associated communities. Different decision support options will be explored and developed to facilitate both the rights allocation process and fishing strategies in the communities.
Project partner: University of cape town
Publications for this project
- Journal Article: MCDA Framework for Fishing Rights Allocation in South Africa. Revision under review: Journal of Multicriteria Decision Analysis.
- Journal Article: Allocating fishing rights in South Africa: A participatory approach, In: Fisheries Management and Ecology
- Policy Brief 06 - Fishing rights and wrongs: the development of a simple, transparent and defensible allocation system for fishers in South Africa
- Policy Brief 07 - Local ecological knowledge and training as tools for empowerment and fisheries management in South Africa's Western Cape
- PREM Project Report - Fishing rights and small-scale fishers: An evaluation of the rights allocation process and the utilisation of fishing rights in South Africa
- Summary project #1: South Africa