Bernard Owusu

Coordinates:

Office Number: SN 2005
Telephone: (709) 864-8998
E-mail: bo3176@mun.ca

 Supervisor:

Dr. Dean Bavington (Department of Geography)

Committee Members:

Dr. Ratana Chuenpagdee

Thesis Title:

"UNDERSTANDING THE CONFLICT BETWEEN ARTISANAL FISHERIES AND THE
OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY IN THE WEST REGION OF GHANA"

Research Project Description:

My study contributes to ‘Too Big to ignore ‘global research project on small scale fisheries. Starting commercial production in 2010, Ghana is a relatively new producer of oil and gas. The development of offshore oil and gas is expected to be the energizing impetus for the country’s much needed economic growth and development. Yet, more than talks of growth and development, the addition of oil and gas has politicized the marine space in the catchment area of Western Region of Ghana. Increasingly, conflicts are arising from the many different users and uses of the ocean space, but the case of oil and gas and artisanal fisheries is particularly prominent. The principal use of the fishing ‘common’ has been curtailed through the enclosure of part of the ocean space for oil and gas exploration. The enclosure of the fishing common is also accompanied by oil spillage and destruction of the marine ecosystem from installations on the seabed which threatens fishing livelihoods at shore. Using Scott James and Samuel Sajay distinctions of vernacular and official ordering of the earth, I consider offshore oil and gas development as an official activity, which operates with standardized regulations across the world whiles fishing activities are vernacular practices. More crucially, I will examine how this distinction can be used to understand how the ocean space has been understood and contested.

Research Interests:

Natural resources management
Conservation and sustainability
Co-management of natural resources
Small scale fisheries in Ghana
Population geography

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Contact

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