View from the wheelhouse: perceptions on marine management from the fishing community and suggestions for improvement

Yates, K. L. (2014) View from the wheelhouse: perceptions on marine management from the fishing community and suggestions for improvement. Marine Policy, 48 39-50. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.03.002


Author Yates, K. L.
Title View from the wheelhouse: perceptions on marine management from the fishing community and suggestions for improvement
Journal name Marine Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-597X
1872-9460
Publication date 2014-09-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.03.002
Volume 48
Start page 39
End page 50
Total pages 12
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Abstract Marine capture fisheries are of global importance, supporting hundreds of millions of livelihoods and making a significant contribution to global food security. Yet many fisheries are at risk from unsustainable exploitation and fishing has caused significant detrimental impacts on the wider marine environment. The success of initiatives to improve marine management depends, at least partly, on fisher behaviour and there is a growing recognition of the need for increased fisher participation in planning and management. This study focuses on fishers[U+05F3] perceptions and attitudes towards marine and fisheries management, and explores how that knowledge can be used to improve future management strategies. One hundred and six fishers took part in a semi-structured questionnaire and mapping exercise. Fishers proved to be keen to participate, were candid in their responses and, contrary to common perception, were not opposed to regulations and management. Indeed, they acknowledged both to be essential for the long-term viability of the fisheries, and they expressed a need for tighter controls and better enforcement. Fishers did however feel that some of the current regulations and management measures were unjust, they expressed frustration with how hard it was for fishers to participate in the management decision making processes, and they were concerned that their representatives were not representative of the industry as a whole. Fishers expressed mixed feelings on MPAs; nevertheless, over half the fishers interviewed suggested that areas should be protected, and many supported some form of spatial restriction on mobile fishing gear. Fishers also reported both spatial and behavioural changes in their fishing as a result of rising fuel prices. Improved communication between fishers and managers was identified as key for enhancing participation. This study highlights some of the ways in which fisher participation could lead to more effective long-term solutions to marine and fisheries management problems.
Keyword Fisheries management
Participation
Marine protected areas
Local ecological knowledge
Stakeholders
Northern Ireland
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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