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Thursday, June 27 • 10:30 - 12:00
Fisheries economies as social economies

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Chaired by: Johnson, D. & Idrobo, C.

Fisheries economies as social economies
Derek Johnson
University of Manitoba


Our panel is fish stew composed of ingredients from diverse sources and diverse seas. It brings together researchers from four continents interested in fisheries economies in the broad sense. We are guided loosely by the idea of social economies – that is approaches to fisheries economies inspired by economic anthropology and economic geography where the economic is seen as embedded in history, culture, social relations, and politics. This perspective broadens the traditional focus on coasts and fishing to encompass the long-distance and landward itineraries that fish take after being landed, and the diverse ways in which they are valued that shape their trajectories of travel. We look for the new opportunities that this broad vision generates – connections to the unexpected, as in the importance of land tenure for fisheries transition, how small-scale fisheries are associated with alternatives to development, how lessons from food movements translate into fisheries, and how appalling labour conditions result from place-specific geographies of environmental, social and economic change.

Literature/articles presentations:

A social economy approach to dried fish value chains in Asia 
Derek Johnson, Ben Belton, Mark Hudson & Johny Stephen

Fisheries Development, Labour and Working Conditions on Myanmar’s Marine Resource Frontier.
Ben Belton

Planning for wellbeing: Re-imagining coastal governance and direct fish trade in the Colombian Pacific
C. Julián Idrobo

Fishing for alternatives to development: wellbeing and diverse economies in the Tribugá Gulf 
Juanita Franky

Livelihood transitions from fishing to tourism: the role of land tenure
Michael Fabinyi

A Burial at Sea?: Cooperatives as the Potential Gravediggers of Fisher Capitalism

Jonah Olsen




Thursday June 27, 2019 10:30 - 12:00
REC A2.07 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam