Village fisheries management and community-owned marine protected areas in Samoa

King, M. and Faasili, U. (1998) Village fisheries management and community-owned marine protected areas in Samoa. Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly, 21(2), pp. 34-38.

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As in many tropical countries, subsistence fishers in Samoa live in discrete communities which have a high level of marine knowledge and some degree of control of adjacent waters. These factors provide an ideal basis for motivating communities to manage their marine resources. In Samoa, a community-based fisheries extension program encouraged each village community to define its key problems, discuss causes, propose solutions and take appropriate actions. Various village groups provided information which was recorded as problem/solution trees. The extension process culminated in a Village-Fisheries Management Plan which listed the resource management and conservation undertakings of the community. Undertakings range from enforcing laws banning destructive fishing methods to protecting critical marine habitats. Within the first eighteen months, the extension process commenced in 57 villages of which 40 have produced Village Fisheries Management Plans. An unexpectedly large number (32) or these villages chose to establish Marine Protected Areas, the first community-owned marin reserves in the country.

Item Type: Article
Title: Village fisheries management and community-owned marine protected areas in Samoa
Personal Creator/Author:
King, M.
Faasili, U.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, the ICLARM Quarterly
Volume: 21
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 34-38
Date: 1998
ISSN: 0116-290X
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fishery management; Protected resources; Marine fisheries; Fishery protection; Popular participation; Sociological aspects; Samoa
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 9278
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 11:19
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 11:19

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