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3. Artisanal Fishers And Their Craft

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This chapter provides a description of the local fisher population. The Fisher Survey covered a random sample of 199 fishers from five coastal tracts that were spread over a distance of about 125 km. It examined a wide range of subjects from fisher organization (crew formation, ownership of equipment) to fishing methods (vessels, gear), fishing grounds, fishing frequency, landing sites, fish landings, catch disposal, and the problems or obstacles fishers experienced. The fisher population comprised boat captains and crewmembers (who accounted for roughly a quarter and two-thirds of the fisher population, respectively) and a small group of independent fishers. Most fishing efforts were concentrated inshore as is typical of artisanal fisheries. Canoe and dau comprised about 70% of the craft and they were suited mainly for reef and in-reef fishing.

Keywords: artisanal fishers; coastal tracts; fishing craft; fishing gear; fishing vessels

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