Local solutions to challenges of West Indian Ocean fisheries development

Van der Elst, R. (2003) Local solutions to challenges of West Indian Ocean fisheries development. Naga, Worldfish Center Quarterly, 26(3), pp. 14-17.

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Abstract

The West Indian Ocean is rich in biodiversity and marine resources. This paper gives an overview of fisheries development and resource management in the region. There are many shared issues that must be addressed within countries and at the regional level. These are illustrated by examples from three countries. In Mozambique the issues of lack of information about artisanal fisheries, excessive harvesting of juveniles and conflicts between artisanal and commercial sectors are highlighted. Elements in addressing this include targeted research and decision-making support tools. The challenges faced in Somalia stem primarily from the political instability that contributed to an absence of sound fisheries policy. An example of a highly participatory process to develop the policy provides a model for other countries. In Tanzania, the issue of dynamite fishing was addressed by local communities initiating a program to promote wise use of the resources. There is a clear opportunity for better collaboration and greater integration of fisheries research and management on a regional basis. There is also much to be learnt by the sharing of experiences between countries. This has been initiated by some recently launched regional cooperation projects, but there are still many challenges facing this region.

Item Type: Article
Title: Local solutions to challenges of West Indian Ocean fisheries development
Personal Creator/Author:
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Van der Elst, R.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, Worldfish Center Quarterly
Volume: 26
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 14-17
Date: 2003
ISSN: 1511-8533
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fishery development; Resource management; Marine fisheries; Somalia; Tanzania; Mozambique; West Indian Ocean
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9180
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 08:09
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 08:09
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9180

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