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Toward Sustainability of South African Small-Scale Fisheries Leveraging ICT Transformation Pathways
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2166-5717
Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7538-004x
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa / Abalobi NPO, Cape Town, South Africa.
2020 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 1-22, article id 743Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Though Internet and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been employed in small-scale fisheries (SSFs) globally, they are seldom systematically explored for the ways in which they facilitate equality, democracy and sustainability. Our study explored how ICTs in South African small-scale fisheries are leveraged towards value chain upgrading, collective action and institutional sustainability—key issues that influence small-scale fishery contributions to marine resource sustainability. We held a participatory workshop as part of ongoing research in the town of Lambert’s Bay, South Africa, in collaboration with small-scale fishers and the Abalobi ICT project. We mapped fisher value chain challenges and explored the role of ICT-driven transformation pathways, adopting Wright’s ‘Real Utopian’ framework as the lens through which to explore equality, democracy and institutional sustainability. We found Abalobi’s ICT platform had the potential to facilitate deeper meanings of democracy that incorporate socio-economic reform, collective action and institutional sustainability in South Africa’s small-scale fisheries. Where fishers are not engaged beyond passive generators of data, this had the potential to undermine the goals of increasing power parity between small-scale fisheries and other stakeholders.

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MDPI, 2020. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 1-22, article id 743
Keywords [en]
sustainability, transformation, fishing
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Environmental Sciences
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Environmental Studies; Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40079DOI: 10.3390/su12020743Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079750513OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40079DiVA, id: diva2:1390701
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International Social Science CouncilSwedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2020-02-03 Created: 2020-02-03 Last updated: 2020-03-06Bibliographically approved

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