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Factors Influencing Small-Scale Fishers’ Individual Perceived Wellbeing Satisfaction in Southern Benin

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Laboratoire d’Economie Rurale et de Gestion des Exploitations Agricoles, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou 01 BP 526, Benin
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Laboratoire d’Economie et de développement Rural, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Université de Liège, 5030 Gembloux, Belgium
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Laboratoire d’Etude sur la Pauvreté et la Performance de l’Agriculture, Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques, Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou 01 BP 526, Benin
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Sustainability 2021, 13(11), 6279; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116279
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 4 May 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 2 June 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Rural Economics Development in Developing Countries)
In southern Benin, the rapid growth of demographics and the need for fishery products have forced public managers to adopt various management measures in the face of anti-ecological methods used by fishers; however, these strategies are often formulated independent from the context. These measures have not remained without consequence on the daily lives of fishers. This paper examines factors influencing fishers’ individual perceived wellbeing satisfaction using the social-ecological system framework. Data on 205 small-scale fishers’ demographic information, perception of job, and individual wellbeing satisfaction and governance subsystems were collected and analysed by the use of an ordered logistic regression. The results demonstrate that job satisfaction and ownership of water bodies (in contradiction to Ostrom’s advocation for commons management) affected fishers’ individual perceived wellbeing satisfaction. Fishers likely value ownerships, affecting their perceived wellbeing mainly in the South East. The prohibition of certain fishing gear decreases fishers’ individual perceived wellbeing, indicating their attachment to these. Therefore, the question remains as to whether or not the scenarios of eco-sustainability of artisanal fisheries can be managed in the same manner as those related urban dwellers and the public sector. This is in particular reference to the line between urban land property rights, urban dwellers and the state, and property rights on water bodies, fishers, and the state. View Full-Text
Keywords: fishers; individual perceived wellbeing; prohibited gears; property rights; southern Benin fishers; individual perceived wellbeing; prohibited gears; property rights; southern Benin
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Kpanou, S.B.-V.K.; Dedehouanou, H.; Chogou, S.K.; Aoudji, A.K.N.; Dogot, T. Factors Influencing Small-Scale Fishers’ Individual Perceived Wellbeing Satisfaction in Southern Benin. Sustainability 2021, 13, 6279. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116279

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Kpanou SB-VK, Dedehouanou H, Chogou SK, Aoudji AKN, Dogot T. Factors Influencing Small-Scale Fishers’ Individual Perceived Wellbeing Satisfaction in Southern Benin. Sustainability. 2021; 13(11):6279. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116279

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Kpanou, Sètondji B.-V.K., Houinsou Dedehouanou, Sylvain K. Chogou, Augustin K.N. Aoudji, and Thomas Dogot. 2021. "Factors Influencing Small-Scale Fishers’ Individual Perceived Wellbeing Satisfaction in Southern Benin" Sustainability 13, no. 11: 6279. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13116279

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