Title: Efficiency and sustainability implications of artisanal fisheries activities: evidence from a developing country

Authors: Mahendra Reddy

Addresses: School of Economics, University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji

Abstract: Fisheries activities have an integral role to play in the livelihoods and economies of the Pacific island countries. However, the |race to fish| behaviour assisted by the nature of property rights could lead to unsustainable resource extraction practices. In this paper, primary data on Fiji|s artisanal fishermen and their fishing operation is used to examine their technical efficiency. Results from this study suggest efficiency level in Fiji|s artisanal fisheries is low with implications on it by the modes of operation. This aspect of resource extraction can have important ramification on the sustainability of resource extraction.

Keywords: CPR; common pool resource; open access; technical efficiency; stochastic frontier production function; artisanal fisheries; developing countries; Pacific islands; Fiji; sustainability; sustainable development; technical efficiency; resource extraction.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2008.020114

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2008 Vol.4 No.4, pp.305 - 322

Published online: 26 Aug 2008 *

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