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Socioeconomic dynamics of the Ghanaian tuna industry: a value-chain approach to understanding aspects of global fisheries
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3557-6571
Number of Authors: 32018 (English)In: African Journal of Marine Science, ISSN 1814-232X, E-ISSN 1814-2338, Vol. 40, no 3, p. 303-313Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated how an industrial tuna fishery functions in terms of procedures, practices, governance and finance in the context of Ghana, West Africa. Tuna is Ghana's biggest seafood export, contributing significantly to the domestic fisheries sector. A case-study approach was used to analyse relevant social and economic factors at the local scale to better understand how the global seafood industry operates in a low-income country. A value-chain framework was adopted to assess market structures, sales pathways and revenue distribution. We also investigated the role of actors engaged in the industry using secondary data, interviews, questionnaires and participant observations. The results revealed a changing organisational structure in tuna production, moving from bait-boat fishing with smaller companies to large-scale purse-seine fishing backed by consolidated Asian seafood companies. Production was found to depend significantly on local female intermediaries for access to funds through prefinancing arrangements. Considerable illegalities were identified within the value chain, highlighting the need for improved partnership and licensing negotiations, and for low-cost marine control and surveillance tools. As vertical integration increases within the industry, the influence of corporations as keystone actors becomes evident for the future social and ecological sustainability of the industry.

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2018. Vol. 40, no 3, p. 303-313
Keywords [en]
gender, global markets, industrial fishery, international seafood trade, IUU fishing, keystone actors, West Africa
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Biological Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-161229DOI: 10.2989/1814232X.2018.1513866ISI: 000445862100008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-161229DiVA, id: diva2:1257158
Available from: 2018-10-19 Created: 2018-10-19 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved

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