Competitive Strategies among Small-Scale Fishers and Traders in Kenya’s Marine Waters Fisheries: Implications on Market Performance

Dates: 2015 – 2016

Authors: Andrew Wamukota and Titus Jefwa Charo

Participating Institutions: Pwani University

Funding Organisation: Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) Marine Research Grant (MARG)

Description: Several studies have looked at the link between fish trade and local livelihoods in developing countries, mainly at an aggregated level. Because of the lack of direct positive or negative linkages, many of these studies have recommended that developing countries can benefit from fish trade by trading amongst themselves. Recent research has however revealed the importance of disaggregating such analyses because even within small-scale developing country fisheries (which are multi-species) there are differences in actor characteristics and market dynamics that shape economic benefits and therefore local livelihoods. This study (undertaken at five major landing sites along the Kenyan coastline) is an extension of this thinking; that an enhanced understanding of local level dynamics is likely to provide useful insights in the fishery-poverty nexus.

 

This study is in-press