Western Indian Ocean Early Career Scientists Network

Fishers’ perceptions of billfish resources use along the Kenyan coast, implications for management and governance


Damaris Kinyua

I am Damaris Kinyua. I had the opportunity to present part of my PhD research findings on billfish resource utilization at the WIOGEN conference. 

My research examines the fishing behavior, views, and attitudes of artisanal billfish fishers toward the institutional regulation of billfish resource use.

Preliminary findings indicate that the institutions have gained acceptance and that the various groups’ functions have become more effective over the years.

This research highlights the importance of developing synergy among all stakeholders involved in billfish resources, hence improving management success, and addressing potential conflicts between user groups.

Read the abstract.