Back to the future: integrating customary practices and institutions into comanagement of small-scale fisheries

Kittinger, John N., Cinner, Joshua E., Aswani, Shankar, and White, Alan T. (2014) Back to the future: integrating customary practices and institutions into comanagement of small-scale fisheries. In: Kittinger, John N., McClenachan, Loren, Gedan, Keryn B., and Blight, Louise K., (eds.) Marine Historical Ecology in Conservation: applying the past to manage for the future. University of California Press, Oakland, CA, USA, pp. 135-160.

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In many parts of the world, marine-resource governance systems include aspects of customary marine tenure and traditional sociocultural institutions for resource management. These practices are rooted in historical context and vary by culture and location, with place-specific practices and customs that are based on local knowledge systems. In this chapter, we review the incorporation of customary practices into contemporary management, highlighting the roles of social history, changes in customary practices, and their application in, and influence on, modern legal and policy contexts. Next, we discuss the challenges and opportunities of integrating historical management practices into modern governance systems, exploring the roles of comanagement and participatory approaches in successful "back to the future" management approaches. To conclude, we look to the future of integrated management systems and their potential to address social-ecological challenges in coastal areas that face increasing population densities and growing dependence on coastal and marine resources.

Item ID: 38944
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-520-27694-9
Date Deposited: 21 May 2015 02:24
FoR Codes: 07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 60%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 40%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830299 Fisheries- Wild Caught not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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