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The structure of social vulnerability in south India‘s fishing communities

Weber, Eberhard (2006) The structure of social vulnerability in south India‘s fishing communities. UNSPECIFIED.

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The tsunami that occurred in 2004 in the Indian Ocean is a starting point to reflect on development activities in the Indian fishing sector over the past 60 years or so. A number of stakeholders in the sector sees the destruction by the tsunami as a change to wipe out mistakes of the past and establish a coastal fisheries sector that is more sustainable than it had been during the decades prior to the tsunami. The study here, does not look much at the impact of the 2004 tsunami. It argues that social vulnerability was already there when this devastating natural event struck the coastlines of India and other states in the Indian Ocean. It further argues that the tsunami did not contribute to the social vulnerability most fishermen and their families were facing in 2004, but it will of course contribute to their future vulnerabilities. It is therefore crucial that the event in 2004 provides a starting point to formulate fishery policies that help to prevent or mitigate small-scale fishermen’s vulnerability arising from the past couple of decades. As much of the fishing sector lies down unattended a fresh start could be made assuring a more sustainable and socially just and equitable future.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: India artisanal fisheries, disaster, tsunami, Tamil Nadu
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 02:55
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 02:55

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