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Contending Claims Over Access to Fisheries: A Case Study of the Okavango Delta Panhandle, Botswana

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Mmopelwa, Gagoitseope; Ngwenya, Barbara Ntombi; Kgathi, Donald Letsholo
Journal: Journal of Sustainable Development
Volume: 6
Date: 2013
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9028
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Africa
Subject(s): fisheries
natural resources
resource management
Abstract: "Fishing is one of the key livelihood activities in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Subsistence fishers, commercial fishers and tourist lodge operators derive material and non-material benefits from fishery. However open access fishing has resulted in intergroup conflicts. The objectives of the study were to describe the nature of the fishing conflict and to suggest feasible conflict management strategies. A questionnaire based survey conducted among subsistence fishers, commercial fishers in four villages and among tourist lodge operators in the Panhandle of the Okavango Delta found that fishing in common grounds was the main source of conflict between commercial and recreational fishing. The paper discusses options for managing the conflict to avoid undesired consequences on the fishery resources of the Okavango Delta."

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