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Fishing for Oil –Blessing or Curse for the Fishing?: A Case Study on the Impact of Oil Production on Small-Scale Fishing Communities in Ghana
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Research has found evidence of fish being attracted to light, which is used night and day on active oil platforms. Studies performed at the very beginning of oil production in Ghana showed many inhabitants were worried this could lead to a decline in catch rates and subsequently in income. This case study investigates the relationship between the start of oil production and the trends in catch rates in three catchment communities in Ghana. The results obtained show a strong correlation between a closer location to the oilrig and perceived negative changes in catch rates. However, results are not generalizable outside the sample and thus should be interpreted with caution. In addition, many fishermen consider the use of illegal fishing methods (contributing to over exploitation) to be the cause of declines in catch rates.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203598OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203598DiVA: diva2:637054
Available from: 2013-07-16 Created: 2013-07-16 Last updated: 2013-07-16Bibliographically approved

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