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Table 2 Characteristics of fishers and their fishing activity by gear type

From: Drivers of the Distribution of Fisher Effort at Lake Alaotra, Madagascar

Characteristic Gear type ANOVA
Trap Gill net Cast net Line & hook Hand methods
Number of fishers in cluster (n = 151)a 88 58 5 4 9
Mean catch per trip (kg) 1.66 1.73 5.28 3.34 0.81 F = 5.74
(±0.14) (±0.27) (±0.82) (±1.19) (±0.41) p< 0.001
Mean proportion of catch sold per trip 65 % 68 % 86 % 83 % 82 % F = 2.04
(±1.7) (±3.2) (±6.4) (±6.7) (±10.3) p = 0.087
Mean effort (time spent fishing in hours) per trip 1.63 2.83 5.32 6.85 1.55 F = 89.22
(±0.04) (±0.19) (±0.40) (±1.44) (±0.41) P< 0.0001
Mean one way distance travelled (km) 3.69 4.83 3.77 4.83 3.18 F = 9.30
(±0.09) (±0.18) (±0.23) (±1.49) (±0.68) P< 0.0001
Mean years of fishing experience 18.9 16.8 31.3 17.5 13.4 F = 7.03
(±0.52) (±0.67) (±2.44) (±7.64) (±2.57) P< 0.0001
Mean number of people supported in household 4.8 4.6 5.3 3.5 3.0 F = 4.82
(±0.07) (±0.10) (±0.42) (±1.04) (±0.53) p< 0.001
Proportion with alternative livelihood 80 % 71 % 100 % 100 % 56 %
  1. Standard errors (SE) are shown in parentheses. ANOVA results refer to differences between gear types for each characteristic (df = 4)
  2. aSums to >151 because 13 fishers used two gear types during the study