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Vol.9(3), pp. 24-30 , March 2017
DOI: 10.5897/IJFA2016.0588
ISSN: 2006-9839



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Revisiting the ‘three-pillared design’ of a management system for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery in Malawi



Ishmael B. M. Kosamu
  • Ishmael B. M. Kosamu
  • The Polytechnic, Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences, University of Malawi, Private Bag 303, Chichiri, Blantyre 3, Malawi.
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 Received: 14 September 2016  Accepted: 01 March 2017  Published: 31 March 2017

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This paper revisits and builds on the work of Ishmael Kosamu, Wouter de Groot and Patrick Kambewa who, in 2016, proposed a management system for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery in Malawi, and identified key issues that would help the fishery to be sustainable in the short to medium term. They postulated that a sustainable three-pillared (locally based, weak, and amorphous) institution for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery would rest on: (i) the social reputation of the leaders of local fishery institutions (beach village committee leaders), and (ii) the power dynamics between traditional chiefs and local fishery leaders. This paper suggests additional attributes and new insights which, if included in the design that Kosamu and his colleagues proposed, could make the institution more relevant in the long term. The suggested supplementary priorities embrace both financial and legal issues in the institutional development process.

 

Key words: Elephant Marsh, institutions, Malawi, small-scale fisheries, sustainability, wetlands.

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APA Kosamu, I. B. M. (2017). Revisiting the ‘three-pillared design’ of a management system for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery in Malawi. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture, 9(3), 24-30.
Chicago Ishmael B. M. Kosamu,. "Revisiting the ‘three-pillared design’ of a management system for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery in Malawi." International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture 9, no. 3 (2017): 24-30.
MLA Ishmael B. M. Kosamu,. "Revisiting the ‘three-pillared design’ of a management system for the Elephant Marsh Wetland Fishery in Malawi." International Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture 9.3 (2017): 24-30.
   
DOI 10.5897/IJFA2016.0588
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