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Title:Migrant fishers in West Africa: roving bandits?
Author:Duffy-Tumasz, AmeliaISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:African Geographical Review (ISSN 1937-6812)
Volume:31
Issue:1
Pages:50-62
Language:English
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:fishermen
Ghanaians
migrants
environmental management
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/19376812.2012.680860
Abstract:This paper discusses the case of Ghanaian fisher folk in the Ivory Coast to highlight how management discourses frame migrant fishers, reflecting as well as supporting the politics of how they are treated in management efforts. The paper argues that viewing migrant fishers as 'roving bandits' perpetuates their exclusion from management projects in the Gulf of Guinea large marine ecosystem (LME). This is because the 'roving bandit' thesis hinges on the assumption that there are few, if any, institutional mechanisms in place to effectively control highly mobile fishers. In the Ivorian case, this interpretation obscures the satellite institutions that migrant fishers bring with them that, in another light, are framed as potential partners in ecosystem-based management efforts. Working with these institutions is in managers' interests because of the roles migrant fishers play through shaping patterns of natural resource use as well as contributing to food security and indirect employment in their destination countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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