Subsidies in the Fisheries Sector of Malaysia: Impact on Resource Sustainability

  • Wen Chiat Lee Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • K. Kuperan Viswanathan Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia
Keywords: Fisheries Subsidies, Sustainability, Small-Scale Fisheries, Good and Bad Subsidies, Subsidy Policy

Abstract

Subsidies are a form of support provided to consumers and producers by government to enhance the welfare.  Fishers in Malaysia receive various type of subsidies. Fisheries subsidies however are a challenge because it can work against fishers’ welfare if the fisheries subsidies lead to over fishing and resource depletion.  In this paper, we explore the impacts of fisheries subsidies on small-scale fishers in Malaysia and suggest ways to improve the subsidies scheme so that the twin roles of improving fishers’ welfare and fisheries sustainability are achieved. Data on fisheries subsidies and fisheries production in Peninsular Malaysia is used in this study.

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Author Biographies

Wen Chiat Lee, Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, Universiti Utara Malaysia

Senior Lecturer in Agricultural Economics, Universiti Utara Malaysia

K. Kuperan Viswanathan, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia

Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia

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Published
2019-12-31
How to Cite
Chiat Lee, W., & Viswanathan, K. K. (2019). Subsidies in the Fisheries Sector of Malaysia: Impact on Resource Sustainability . Review of Politics and Public Policy in Emerging Economies, 1(2), 79-85. https://doi.org/10.26710/rope.v1i2.1135