Lab Seminar - Fisheries management and health outcomes: evidence from Uganda

Ed Whitney

Edward Whitney presented his research outline on fisheries management and health outcomes. Fisheries management policies that are designed to regulate fishing activity can also impact health outcomes in fishing communities. The presence of an environmentally transmitted disease in a fishing reservoir can complicate efforts to design policy that prioritizes improving household welfare and other socioeconomic outcomes. Worsened health status resulting from increased disease prevalence can translate to losses in labor productivity and household welfare. Worsened health status for individuals near or below the poverty line can lead to sustained entrapment in a state of poverty that is difficult, if not impossible, to escape. The proposed study is designed to gather background information from households, policymakers, and other key stakeholders that can be used to inform a subsequent examination of how fisheries policy can impact health outcomes and household welfare for both fishing communities and their neighbors.