The influence of ‘space’ on migrant fisher livelihoods

Innocent Wanyonyi, Andrew Wamukota, Victor Alati, Kennedy Osuka

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Understanding the migration of fishers through the spatial window clarifies the critical role the phenomenon plays in artisanal fishers’ livelihoods. Migrant fishers’ ‘space’ refers to the complete spectrum of spatial characteristics at the destination, which include fishing ground, landing site, market, social relations and integration into society. A multiple methods approach was employed to evaluate migrant fishers’ ‘space’ at four destinations in coastal Kenya from October 2010 to March 2011. Results point out to the importance of spatial characteristics at the destination landing sites in influencing fishers’ migrations. The social relations of migrant fishers with local communities play a critical role in the integration of migrant fishers by enabling them to maintain a ‘place’ in the fishing practice. The maintenance of ‘place’ provides migrant fishers with access to the resources thereby contributing to migrant fishers' life sustenance. Therefore, understanding fishers ‘space’ allows for a better understanding of the critical roles of fisher migration in sustaining coastal livelihoods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-374
JournalAfrican Identities
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2021

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