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Productivity, social capital and perceived environmental threats in small island fisheries: insights from Indonesia


Yamazaki, S and Resoudarmo, BP and Girsang, W and Hoshino, E, Productivity, social capital and perceived environmental threats in small island fisheries: insights from Indonesia, Ecological Economics, 152 pp. 62-75. ISSN 0921-8009 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.05.020


Small-island communities in developing countries rely heavily on wild fisheries to meet the communities' food and livelihood needs. These communities' remoteness, insularity and the small size of the local economy make the fishery production sensitive to the way in which fishers interact with other community members and to local environmental changes. This paper investigates how social capital and environmental threats to local fishing activities are associated with fishery productivity using the data collected in a small-island fishing community in Indonesia. We estimate the technical efficiency and capacity utilization, and examine how these measures are related to the social capital built around the island community. The impacts of environmental changes that are perceived as threats to local fishing activities are also evaluated. We find that inefficiency in the fisheries' production is correlated with whether fishers are tied to community members outside their own fishing groups and whether they are exposed to environmental threats, the sources of which are internal and external to the fisheries system. The underutilization of existing capacity is evident for fishers who receive government aid for fishing equipment and those who perceive population growth and aquaculture development as a threat to their fishing activities.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:artisanal fisheries, developing countries, technical efficiency, capacity utilization, Indonesia, small islands
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Preference, behaviour and welfare
UTAS Author:Yamazaki, S (Associate Professor Satoshi Yamazaki)
UTAS Author:Hoshino, E (Dr Eriko Hoshino)
ID Code:126344
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2018-06-06
Last Modified:2022-08-24

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