The Damage Schedule Approach

  • Andrew Song
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 7)


Illegal fishing is a problem widely observed in fisheries around the world and Lake Malawi is no exception. The long alleviation attempts of the central government of Malawi based on the strategy of enforcement and sanctions have proved largely ineffective leading to the persistence of this governability challenge. An alternate perspective is sought in this chapter by emphasizing people’s fundamental notions such as values, images and principles. In order to better understand what they look like and how they may differ amongst stakeholders, the damage schedule was employed. The results display a significant disparity in what governors and resource users regard as a value priority, with the former group judging conservation to be a top concern, while the latter strongly favors the advancement of economic wellbeing. This finding demonstrates socio-economic diversity in people’s underlying views about the fishery, which provides partial but important insights towards the alleviation of illegal fishing in Lake Malawi. Such diversity poses a certain limit to the governability of this fisheries system, and must be made aware and genuinely acted upon by all those involved in governance.


Governability Diversity Values-images-principles Illegal fishing Lake Malawi Damage schedules 



Support for this research was provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and a partnership between the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) (Project No. S61268-528/I). Authors would like to acknowledge numerous in-kind support of the Marine Institute (MI) and the Department of Fisheries (DoF) of Malawi.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada

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