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Inter-sectoral conflict and recreational fisheries of the developing world : opportunities and challenges for co-operation

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Abstract

The recreational fishing sector is growing rapidly in the developing world with the potential to realize economic benefits estimated at tens of billions of dollars annually. These opportunities are accompanied by numerous ecological risks such as overfishing and habitat disturbance. To date, there has been little focus on sociological issues surrounding the growth of recreational fisheries in these areas. This chapter examines sources of potential conflict among small-scale fishing sectors in the developing world with particular attention paid to identification of key issues constraining stewardship of recreational fisheries. We identified conflicts related to fisher competition for access to resources, socio-demographic change, cultural differences, and governance as areas of concern among small-scale fisheries, and offer examples of successful and failed attempts to reduce, mitigate or solve these conflicts. The reality of limited resource availability will require that communication, proactive management strategies and cooperation be encouraged among sectors to maximize resiliency of the social-ecological system and to promote sustainability of fishing practices. We recommend stewardship initiatives that include avenues for stakeholder participation and establishing adaptive management strategies, particularly for emerging recreational fisheries in the developing world.

Additional publication details

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Inter-sectoral conflict and recreational fisheries of the developing world : opportunities and challenges for co-operation
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Too big to ignore
Contributing office(s) National Climate Adaptation Science Center, National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center
Description 10 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Enhancing stewardship in small-scale fisheries: practices and perspectives
First page 88
Last page 97
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N