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The community: a missing link of fisheries management


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  • Jentoft, Svein
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    Fisheries management, as it is currently done in most countries, ignores the community level. Instead, it is almost exclusively based on a relationship between a government agency and individual users. This paper calls for a stronger emphasis on the roles that communities can play in fisheries management. Effective resource management is a necessary condition for the viability of fisheries communities, but I argue that viable communities are also an important contribution to the preservation of healthy fish stocks. Thus, before one can hope to rebuild fish stocks, one must start to rebuild communities; one cannot succeed without the other. The paper also offers some reflections on solutions and strategies, in particular on co-management as a potential community-building institution and how communities can play a supportive role in fisheries co-management.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Marine Policy.

    Volume (Year): 24 (2000)
    Issue (Month): 1 (January)
    Pages: 53-60

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:24:y:2000:i:1:p:53-60

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    Keywords: Fisheries co-management Community development Civic society;


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    1. Candace K. May, 2008. "Achieving sustainability in US fisheries: community engagement in co-management," Sustainable Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 16(6), pages 390-400.
    2. Louise S. L. Teh & Lydia C. L. Teh & U. Rashid Sumaila, 2011. "Low Discounting Behavior among Small-Scale Fishers in Fiji and Sabah, Malaysia," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(6), pages 897-913, June.
    3. Cox, Michael & Ross, Justin M., 2011. "Robustness and vulnerability of community irrigation systems: The case of the Taos valley acequias," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 61(3), pages 254-266, May.
    4. Edward J. Garrity, 2011. "System Dynamics Modeling of Individual Transferable Quota Fisheries and Suggestions for Rebuilding Stocks," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 3(1), pages 184-215, January.
    5. R. Quentin Grafton & Tom Kompas & Richard McLoughlin & Nick Rayns, 2006. "Benchmarking for Fisheries Governance," Economics and Environment Network Working Papers 0608, Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network.
    6. Ishihara, Hiroe & Pascual, Unai, 2009. "Social capital in community level environmental governance: A critique," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 68(5), pages 1549-1562, March.


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