Voodoo versus fishing committees: the role of traditional versus contemporary institutions in fisheries management
Author(s)Briones Alonso, Elena; U0086470; ; JFA; CORA; ;
Houssa, Romain; U0037541; ; ; ; ;
Verpoorten, Marijke; U0035004; ; ; ; JLA;
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AbstractWe study the co-existence of two community-based institutions for fisheries management in Benin: a traditional institution embedded in the Voodoo religion and a recent secular institution in the form of fishing committees. Using household survey data on fishing activities, we find that rules of both institutions have a statistically significant but small impact on the use of unsustainable fishing gear. We further find that Voodoo fishers who break the traditional Voodoo-based rule follow the fishing committee rule to the same extent as other fishers. This finding is consistent with a possible transition from the traditional Voodoo-based institution to the secular fishing committee institution. More research is needed to fully assess the effectiveness of, and interactions between, the two institutions.