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Technical efficiency in the Malaysian gill net artisanal fishery

  • Dale Squires (a1), R. Quentin Grafton (a2), Mohammed Ferdous Alam (a3) and Ishak Haji Omar (a4)
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Artisanal fishing communities include some of the ‘poorest of the poor’. Using data from gill net fishers in Malaysia, the paper presents the first technical efficiency study of an artisanal fishery and finds that artisanal fishers are poor, but enjoy a high level of technical efficiency. If the relatively high levels of technical efficiency found in the Malaysian gill net fishery existed in other artisanal fisheries, it suggests that targeted development assistance that has traditionally been focussed on the harvesting sector may be better directed to other priorities in artisanal fishing communities.

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The suggestions of three anonymous reviewers, the editor, Mohammad Alauddin, Boris Bravo-Ureta, Harry Campbell, Stephen Cunningham, Diane Dupont, Sam Herrick, Larry Jacobson, John Kurien, Doug Larson, and Richard Neal and discussions with Serge Garcia and Kamaruzaman Haji Salim are gratefully acknowledged. All errors remain the responsibility of the authors. The results are not necessarily those of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Grafton gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
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Environment and Development Economics
  • ISSN: 1355-770X
  • EISSN: 1469-4395
  • URL: /core/journals/environment-and-development-economics
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