Co-management and Traditional Fisheries: The Case of Fante Fishers in Elmina, Ghana
ForfatterOkusu, Josephine Sekyi
Co-management has widely been recognized as an alternative approach to addressing natural resource crises and diverse environmental concerns. In line with this, the Ghanaian fishery sector introduced co-management as an institutional approach to manage natural resources. However, studies still reiterate that, the traditional fishery sector is still in decline, which have affected the livelihood of communities that depends on the resource and resulted in Ghana becoming a net importer to meet the country’s fish requirements, which is likely to increase due to the growing population. The aim of this study therefore is to understand the factors contributing to the decline of the sector despite the adoption of co-management. Following a qualitative approach, the study involved Fante fishers in Elmina to understand how co-management have influenced traditional fishing. The study further seeks to identify constraints that impede the successful implementation of co-management. By exploring the economic, social and environmental impacts of co-management, divergent issues were raised from respondents. Research findings reveals that weak institutional framework, lack of active participation, empowerment and trust as the challenges that contributes to the underperformance of co-management. From discussions and analysis, general lessons and recommendations are drawn from the study.
ForlagUiT Norges arktiske universitet
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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