Title
Voodoo versus fishing committees : the role of traditional and contemporary institutions in fisheries management Voodoo versus fishing committees : the role of traditional and contemporary institutions in fisheries management
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Amsterdam ,
Subject
Economics
Chemistry
Biology
Source (journal)
Ecological economics. - Amsterdam
Volume/pages
122(2016) , p. 61-70
ISSN
0921-8009
ISI
000369460700007
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
We study the co-existence of two community-based institutions for fisheries management in Benin: a traditional institution embedded in the Voodoo religion and a recent secular institution in the form of fishing committees. Using household survey data on fishing activities, we find that rules of both institutions have a statistically significant but small impact on the use of unsustainable fishing gear. We further find that Voodoo fishers who break the traditional Voodoo-based rule follow the fishing committee rule to the same extent as other fishers. This finding is consistent with a possible transition from the traditional Voodoo-based institution to the secular fishing committee institution. More research is needed to fully assess the effectiveness of, and interactions between, the two institutions.
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