Poverty Reduction through Sustainable Fisheries: Emerging Policy and Governance Issues in Southeast Asia

Poverty Reduction through Sustainable Fisheries: Emerging Policy and Governance Issues in Southeast Asia
Date of publication:  2008
Publisher:  ISEAS / SEARCA
Number of pages:  278
Code:  PIC181


"Yu and co-authors, in a much-needed chapter on seafood supply and poverty reduction, examine both supply chains (with a focus on production-oriented supply to markets) and value chains (with a focus on how wealth generated along the chain is distributed). Their chapter is one of the clearest and extensively referenced I have seen on value chain governance in the food production sector, and the research recommendations that they develop should be very useful for seafood market and governance analysts in Southeast Asia and beyond. They draw on the transaction cost economics literature (in October 2009 Oliver Williamson was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his contributions in this field, thus making it likely that this approach will gain in general acceptance over the coming years) to link the concepts from the business management and governance realms. The chapter by Metzner highlights the many types of property rights and institutions that are, or could be, used to manage fisheries in Southeast Asia. While brief, the chapter provides a useful summary of property right options and brief examples drawn from different countries within the region. Overall, the volume provides valuable background information on the scope of artisanal and inshore fisheries in Southeast Asia and solid grounding in the policies and [pre-financial crisis] trade issues important to the region" (International Journal of Maritime History).

"Perhaps for no other region in the world are fisheries, both inland (freshwater) and marine, as important as for Southeast Asia. Whereas global fish production increased annually by 1.7% between 2000 and 2004, production in Southeast Asia increased by 5.7%. Much of this increase can be attributed to the world trade in fish, with fish exports increasing at an annual rate of 6.6% globally. Fish is also important domestically within Southeast Asia. It comprises a high proportion of people's animal protein intake. Future growth in production, however, is threatened by excessive harvesting effort, pollution and habitat destruction. It is now widely accepted that most near-shore marine fisheries in Southeast Asia are over-fished. Despite the sector's importance, studies discussing the broad economic significance of Southeast Asia's fisheries are few and far between, and those that do exist are mainly in the form of national or regional project reports. This edited volume commissioned by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) is a welcome addition to address this gap. The book covers the entire circular flow of production and consumption in fisheries, from fishing households, markets and trade to production technology, the supply chain and the governance of both inland and marine fishery resources" (Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies).

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"Beyond previous more simplistic approaches, this book takes a giant step towards understanding and translating into people-centered policies the actual position and complexity of fish production in Southeast Asian economies. Tackling how fisheries and aquaculture are embedded in local and household economies and linked through dynamic supply chains to more distant, even global markets, the book makes essential policy and analytical recommendations. SEARCA and ISEAS have made a major contribution to the intellectual debate and action agenda for Southeast Asian fisheries."
           - Dr Meryl Williams, Chair of the Commission of the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research

Co-publication: ISEAS / SEARCA



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