Go to  Advanced Search

What's the catch : uncovering the catch volume and value of Fiji's coral reef-based artisanal and subsistence fisheries

Show full item record

Files in this item

Files Size Format Description   View
ubc_2009_spring_starkhouse_benjamin.pdf 1.832Mb Adobe Portable Document Format   View/Open
Title: What's the catch : uncovering the catch volume and value of Fiji's coral reef-based artisanal and subsistence fisheries
Author: Starkhouse, Benjamin A.
Degree Master of Science - MSc
Program Resource Management and Environmental Studies
Copyright Date: 2009
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2009-04-15
Abstract: Coral reef-based fisheries, which have long provided food, income and livelihoods to millions of coastal inhabitants in tropical developing countries around the world, are regularly overlooked and underappreciated in regard to their economic and social values. Despite their importance, there is limited formal information that can be used to help guide the sustainable development and management of these small-scale fisheries. In this thesis, I use Excel-based models to estimate catch volume, catch value, costs and benefits, and the number of fishers, middlemen and vendors, in regard to the coral reef-based artisanal and subsistence fisheries of the Republic of the Fiji Islands. For the artisanal fisheries, I conduct a more detailed economic analysis, which includes an in depth look at individuals’ costs and benefits. Results suggest that the artisanal and subsistence fisheries, together, deliver an annual catch of over 17,000 tonnes of reef-associated finfish, invertebrates and marine plants, which have a gross value of approximately US$ 54 million per year. In addition, it is estimated that there are more than 28,000 fishers that rely on Fiji’s coral reefs for food and/or income. The results from this study will help raise the profile of Fiji’s reef-fisheries, in the eyes of government decision-makers, and may contribute to the development and implementation of resource use strategies that are sustainable, profitable and equitable. Lastly, I make recommendations for the direction and content of future reef fisheries research and monitoring activities.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/7118

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show full item record

All items in cIRcle are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved.

UBC Library
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604-822-6375
Fax: 604-822-3893