Two PLAAS researchers, Mafa Hara and Moeniba Isaacs have contributed a chapter each to this book. Prof Hara's chapter, co-authored with Steve Donda and Friday Njaya, is called Lessons from Existing Modes of Governance in Malawi’s Small-Scale Fisheries. This chapter attempts to analyze the varying management outcomes under the three existing modes of governance (hierarchical, co-governance and self-governance) using the interactive governance framework’s three components – governing system, system-to-be-governed and governing interactions. Such a critical analysis will contribute towards finding possible solutions to current management failures in Malawi fisheries and other small-scale fisheries with similar characteristics.
Prof Isaacs' chapter, The Governability of Small-Scale Fisheries Food System in South Africa – The Case of Snoek and West Coast Rock Lobster, examines this issue by looking at the food system of two important small-scale species – Thyritesatun (snoek) for “nutritious” consumption and sale and Jasus lalandii (west coast rock lobster; WCRL) for “luxury” consumption. The governance of the food system and the challenges for the governability of the snoek and WCRL small-scale fisheries are critically assessed.