Evaluation of community participation for the development of culture-based fisheries in village reservoirs of Sri Lanka

Mohottala Gedara, Kularatne, Amarasinghe, Upasli S., Wattage, Premachandra, & De Silva, Sena S. (2009) Evaluation of community participation for the development of culture-based fisheries in village reservoirs of Sri Lanka. Aquaculture Economics and Management, 13(1), pp. 22-38.

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In this paper an attempt is made to identify the socioeconomic characteristics of a community that influences the development and management of culture-based fisheries in village reservoirs of Sri Lanka. Socioeconomic data were collected from 46 agricultural farming communities associated with 47 village reservoirs in Sri Lanka. Principal component analysis indicated that scores of the first principal component were positively influenced by socioeconomic characteristics that are favorable for making collective decisions. These included leadership of the officers, age of the group, percentage of active members of the group, percentage of kinship of the group, percentage of common interest of the group, and percentage of participation of the group. The size of the group had negative effect on the first principal component. The principal component scores of communication were positively related to willingness to pay (P< 0.001). The communities with socioeconomic characteristics favouring collective decision making were in favor of culture-based fisheries. Homogeneity of group characteristics facilitated successful development of culture-based fisheries.

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ID Code: 32419
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Contingent Valuation, Culture-based Fisheries, Reservoirs, Socioeconomic Heterogeneity, Willingness To Pay
DOI: 10.1080/13657300802674914
ISSN: 1365-7305
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > FISHERIES SCIENCES (070400)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 International Association of Aquaculture Economics and Management (IAAEM)
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 22:16
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 09:23

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