Approaches and frameworks for management and research in small-scale fisheries in the developing world

Andrew, N. and Evans, L. (2009) Approaches and frameworks for management and research in small-scale fisheries in the developing world. Penang, Malaysia, WorldFish Center, (WorldFish Center Working Paper, 1914)

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Abstract

Commonly adopted approaches to managing small-scale fisheries (SSFs) in developing countries do not ensure sustainability. Progress is impeded by a gap between innovative SSF research and slower-moving SSF management. The paper aims to bridge the gap by showing that the three primary bases of SSF management--ecosystem, stakeholders’ rights and resilience--are mutually consistent and complementary. It nominates the ecosystem approach as an appropriate starting point because it is established in national and international law and policy. Within this approach, the emerging resilience perspective and associated concepts of adaptive management and institutional learning can move management beyond traditional control and resource-use optimization, which largely ignore the different expectations of stakeholders; the complexity of ecosystem dynamics; and how ecological, social, political and economic subsystems are linked. Integrating a rights-based perspective helps balance the ecological bias of ecosystem-based and resilience approaches. The paper introduces three management implementation frameworks that can lend structure and order to research and management regardless of the management approach chosen. Finally, it outlines possible research approaches to overcome the heretofore limited capacity of fishery research to integrate across ecological, social and economic dimensions and so better serve the management objective of avoiding fishery failure by nurturing and preserving the ecological, social and institutional attributes that enable it to renew and reorganize itself. (PDF contains 29 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Approaches and frameworks for management and research in small-scale fisheries in the developing world
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Andrew, N.
Evans, L.
Series Name: WorldFish Center Working Paper
Number: 1914
Date: 2009
Publisher: WorldFish Center
Place of Publication: Penang, Malaysia
Funders: PROFISH, World Bank, Challenge Programme for Water and Food
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Developing countries; Fishery management; Governance; Ecosystem management; Small scale fisheries; Artisanal fishing; Government
Subjects: Aquaculture
Item ID: 2563
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2009 17:43
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:53
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2563

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