Fisheries and failing states: the case of Sierra Leone

Andy Thorpe, David Whitmarsh, Ernest Tom Ndohamina, Andrew Baio, Miatta Kemokai, Thomas Lebbie

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Abstract

Marine fisheries play an important role in the economy of Sierra Leone, supporting livelihoods and contributing significantly to food security. This paper looks in detail at how the performance of fisheries was impacted by the ten year civil war, an event which contributed to the country’s reputation for being a ‘‘failed state’’. The paper focuses mainly on the artisanal fisheries sector, which employs the majority of the country’s coastal population, and demonstrates how the conflict caused major social dislocation to fishing communities as well as reducing the productive capacity of the fleet. The paper concludes with a discussion of the policy challenges now facing Sierra Leone, particularly the prevention of resource looting through illegal fishing of the offshore stocks and the development of strategies to enable the potential wealth of these fisheries to be captured.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-400
JournalMarine Policy
Volume33
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

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