The policy–practice dichotomy: An analysis from Palawan, Philippines

Fabinyi, Michael, and Dalabajan, Dante (2011) The policy–practice dichotomy: An analysis from Palawan, Philippines. SPC Live Reef Fish Information Bulletin, 20. pp. 13-18.

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[Extract] Although the live reef fish for food trade (LRFFT) has provided a much-needed source of income for impoverished coastal communities across the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring that the trade operates sustainably has proven difficult. In Palawan Province, Philippines, the LRFFT faces substantial challenges. Years of intense fishing pressure, as well as the use of sodium cyanide to catch live fish, has resulted in significant levels of coral reef degradation and the decline of fish stocks in parts of the province (Padilla et al. 2003). Hence, fishers in some locations must now travel greater distances and for longer periods to find fish, and struggle to make ends meet as their ability to easily catch fish decreases (Fabinyi 2010). Attempts at regulation have been introduced, but implementation and enforcement of these regulations remains challenging (Dalabajan 2005, 2009; Fabinyi 2009a).

Item ID: 23174
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1026-2040
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2012 02:50
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
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