Fisheries Transitions in Southeast Asia

My SSHRC SRG (2011-2016) Fisheries Transitions in Southeast Asia focuses on livelihood transitions, poverty and environmental governance strategies for small producers (fishers and fish farmers) across the fisheries sector in Southeast Asia. This research has qualitative (in-depth, case study research in Cambodia and Vietnam), quantitative (survey) and meta-analytical dimensions (overview analysis of fisheries transitions in Southeast Asia).  Case study research assessed the potential of certification as a governance strategy for small producers (see Marschke and Wilkings 2014).  Survey results from fieldwork in Vietnam (n=599) suggest that small-scale producers are struggling: stock decline is perceived to be an issue impacting the entire sector, with many fishers and fish farmers lying at, or below Vietnam’s poverty line.  This project draws on macro data (FishStatJ, UNDP indicators) to understand how Southeast Asia has emerged as a global fish basket and what this means for food security, poverty alleviation and economic development.  See Marschke and Betcherman 2015; Betcherman and Marschke 2016.

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