Technical efficiency in the Malaysian gill net artisanal fishery

Dale Squires*, R. Quentin Grafton, Mohammed Ferdous Alam, Ishak Haji Omar

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    Artisanal fishing communities include some of the 'poorest of the poor'. Using data from gill net fishers in Malaysia, the paper presents the first technical efficiency study of an artisanal fishery and finds that artisanal fishers are poor, but enjoy a high level of technical efficiency. If the relatively high levels of technical efficiency found in the Malaysian gill net fishery existed in other artisanal fisheries, it suggests that targeted development assistance that has traditionally been focussed on the harvesting sector may be better directed to other priorities in artisanal fishing communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)481-504
    Number of pages24
    JournalEnvironment and Development Economics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


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