Small-scale fisheries in the tropics: marginality, marginalization, and some implications for fisheries management uri icon


  • A brief analysis of tropical small-scale fisheries is presented, strucutured by two areas of emphasis: marginalization -actual and perceived -- and Malthusian overfishing, a concept the author proposed previously. It is suggested that marginality is, in part at least, a construction resulting from faulty mental maps, which leads to even more marginalization for small-scale fisher communities. Marginalization is the ultimate cause for Malthusian overfishing, whose identification and prevention, or at least mitigation, should be foremost on the agenda of fisheries scienlists and policy makers. Some of the implications of these ideas for multidisciplinary research on coastal fisheries systems are outlined

publication date

  • 2008