Review of river fisheries valuation in Central and South America

Bennett, E. and Thorpe, A. (2008) Review of river fisheries valuation in Central and South America. In: Tropical river fisheries valuation: background papers to a global synthesis. Penang, Malaysia, WorldFish Center, pp. 1-46. (WorldFish Center Studies and Reviews,1836)

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Unlike Africa and Asia, where a large part of the population are heavily dependent upon fishing for their livelihoods, fishing for a living in the interior of Central and South America (CSA) remains a marginal occupation for all but the most isolated of families. As such, the economics and management of fisheries on the continent have received little attention from within the continent and the rest of the world. This study shows that while a number of studies have been carried out on fishing in the region, they tend to be limited in their geographical focus and time scale. Although fishing of freshwater species may appear to be comparatively insignificant in the region, the rivers of CSA are very important. This report attempts to analyze the literature available on CSA river fisheries and attempts to draw out an economic value of these fisheries. It is divided into a number of sections. First, the authors describe the major river basins on the continent, characterize their fisheries, and place freshwater fisheries in CSA into a global context. Second, the authors provide a review of valuation techniques for fisheries and use this analytical framework to review the principal literature on freshwater fisheries in the region. Then they turn their attention to the economic impact of dams and water abstraction schemes, reviewing the available literature to ascertain how/if economic values are computed for the impact on fisheries. Finally, they offer some conclusions and recommendations on the direction for future studies of freshwater fisheries in CSA.

Item Type: Book Section
Title: Review of river fisheries valuation in Central and South America
Personal Creator/Author:
Thorpe, A.
Title of Book: Tropical river fisheries valuation: background papers to a global synthesis
Series Name: WorldFish Center Studies and Reviews
Number: 1836
Number of Pages: 290
Page Range: pp. 1-46
Date: 2008
Publisher: WorldFish Center
Place of Publication: Penang, Malaysia
ISBN: 9789832346616
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: River fisheries; Rivers; Freshwater lakes; Inland water environment; Freshwater fish; Inland fisheries; Ornamental fish; Freshwater aquaculture; Economic benefits; Economic analysis; Dams; Environmental impact; Central America; South America; Brazil, Amazon R. Basin
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 1276
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2008 12:10
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 20:51

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