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Toward Sustainability of South African Small-Scale Fisheries Leveraging ICT Transformation Pathways

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Environmental and Geographical Science Department, University of Cape Town, Cape Town 7701, South Africa
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School of Natural Sciences, Technology, and Environmental Studies, University of Södertön, 141 89 Huddinge, Sweden
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Abalobi NPO,1 Westlake Dr, Cape Town 7945, South Africa
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Sustainability 2020, 12(2), 743; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020743
Received: 14 October 2019 / Revised: 18 December 2019 / Accepted: 7 January 2020 / Published: 20 January 2020
Though Internet and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been employed in small-scale fisheries (SSFs) globally, they are seldom systematically explored for the ways in which they facilitate equality, democracy and sustainability. Our study explored how ICTs in South African small-scale fisheries are leveraged towards value chain upgrading, collective action and institutional sustainability—key issues that influence small-scale fishery contributions to marine resource sustainability. We held a participatory workshop as part of ongoing research in the town of Lambert’s Bay, South Africa, in collaboration with small-scale fishers and the Abalobi ICT project. We mapped fisher value chain challenges and explored the role of ICT-driven transformation pathways, adopting Wright’s ‘Real Utopian’ framework as the lens through which to explore equality, democracy and institutional sustainability. We found Abalobi’s ICT platform had the potential to facilitate deeper meanings of democracy that incorporate socio-economic reform, collective action and institutional sustainability in South Africa’s small-scale fisheries. Where fishers are not engaged beyond passive generators of data, this had the potential to undermine the goals of increasing power parity between small-scale fisheries and other stakeholders. View Full-Text
Keywords: small-scale fisheries; sustainability; ICT4F; South Africa; value chains; Real Utopias; technology; co-design small-scale fisheries; sustainability; ICT4F; South Africa; value chains; Real Utopias; technology; co-design
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Nthane, T.T.; Saunders, F.; Gallardo Fernández, G.L.; Raemaekers, S. Toward Sustainability of South African Small-Scale Fisheries Leveraging ICT Transformation Pathways. Sustainability 2020, 12, 743. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020743

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Nthane TT, Saunders F, Gallardo Fernández GL, Raemaekers S. Toward Sustainability of South African Small-Scale Fisheries Leveraging ICT Transformation Pathways. Sustainability. 2020; 12(2):743. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020743

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Nthane, Tsele T.; Saunders, Fred; Gallardo Fernández, Gloria L.; Raemaekers, Serge. 2020. "Toward Sustainability of South African Small-Scale Fisheries Leveraging ICT Transformation Pathways" Sustainability 12, no. 2: 743. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12020743

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