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Addressing uncertainty in marine resource management; combining community engagement and tracking technology to characterize human behavior

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Kristian Metcalfe, Tim Collins, Kirsten E. Abernethy, Richard Boumba, Jean-Claude Dengui, Ricky Miyalou, Richard J. Parnell, Kate E. Plummer, Debbie J. F. Russell, Gilbert Koumba Safou, Dominic Tilley, Rachel A. Turner, Hilde VanLeeuwe, Matthew J. Witt, Brendan J. Godley

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Abstract

Small-scale fisheries provide an essential source of food and employment for coastal communities, yet the availability of detailed information on the spatiotemporal distribution of fishing effort to support resource management at a country level is scarce. Here, using a national-scale study in the Republic of Congo, we engaged with fishers from 23 of 28 small-scale fisheries landing sites along the coast to demonstrate how combining community engagement and relatively low cost Global Positioning System (GPS) trackers can rapidly provide fine-scale information on: (1) the behavioral dynamics of the fishers and fleets that operate within this sector; and (2) the location, size and attributes of important fishing grounds upon which communities are dependent. This multi-disciplinary approach should be considered within a global context where uncertainty over the behavior of marine and terrestrial resource-users can lead to management decisions that potentially compromise local livelihoods, conservation, and resource sustainability goals.
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)459-468
Number of pages10
JournalConservation Letters
Volume10
Issue number4
Early online date6 Sep 2016
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Publication statusPublished - 14 Aug 2017

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  • Africa, Artisanal fisheries, Behaviour, Fisheries management, Marine spatial planning, Participatory data collection, Resource use, Small-scale fisheries

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