Fish as Food: Lifestyle and a Sustainable Future
International Commission on the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition, hosted at the University of Liverpool
Sept 1-3, 2021
The Costs and Benefits of Fishing in Southern Oman
Dr. Marielle Risse
My presentation discusses two important questions about fishing economics in the Dhofar region of Oman: how much does it cost to catch fish and how does that expense create a social benefit for fishermen, regardless of the money earned from the catch? I have been looking at the theme of generosity, including sharing food, for more than ten years and in this presentation I discuss how much a typical day and season of fishing costs a fisherman, as well as how giving away part of every catch creates a benefit that is more than monetary. Using interviews and personal experiences, I explain how the cash outlay for gas, nets, bait, etc. is transformed into social, in addition to economic, capital for Dhofari fishermen.