Appraising the resilience of Trochus and other nearshore artisanal fisheries in the Western Pacific

Foale, Simon (2008) Appraising the resilience of Trochus and other nearshore artisanal fisheries in the Western Pacific. Trochus Information Bulletin, 14. pp. 12-15.

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Abstract

Many coastal fisheries in the Indo-Pacific region are currently experiencing serious management problems with populations of a growing number of species showing steep declines. Trochus appears somewhat exceptional in this regard. It does not appear to be threatened with stock collapse in many places and, unlike some high-value invertebrates such as the green snail (Turbo marmoratus) and sea cucumbers (Holothuria scabra and Holothuria nobilis), appears to respond well to serial closures as commonly exemplified by the tambu or tapu system in many parts of Melanesia. In this short essay I wish to outline some of what I believe are plausible reasons for the relative resilience of trochus fisheries, and discuss what they imply for artisanal fishery management more broadly.

Item ID: 7202
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: fishery management; commodity fisheries; economy; ecology; Asia-Pacific; demography
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ISSN: 1025-7462
Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2010 05:25
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1603 Demography > 160305 Population Trends and Policies @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 30%
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