Sportfisheries, conservation and sustainable livelihoods: a multidisciplinary guide to developing best practice

Barnett, Adam, Abrantes, Kátya G., Baker, Ronald, Diedrich, Amy S., Farr, Marina, Kuilboer, Alf, Mahony, Tracey, McLeod, Ian, Moscardo, Gianna, Prideaux, Murray, Stoeckl, Natalie, van Luyn, Ariella, and Sheaves, Marcus (2016) Sportfisheries, conservation and sustainable livelihoods: a multidisciplinary guide to developing best practice. Fish and Fisheries, 17 (3). pp. 696-713.

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Ecotourism ventures in developing countries are often among the few alternatives for enhancing sustainable livelihoods without altering traditional ways of life. The best way forward is to continually develop and implement best practice guidelines and, in particular, to flexibly develop them to suit individual cases. We conduct a multidisciplinary assessment of best practice guidelines required to develop and sustain sportfishing tourism in developing countries, while enhancing local livelihoods and promoting environmental stewardship. In general, best practice guidelines should be developed around a sustainable livelihood framework that includes short-term coping mechanisms and longer-term capacity building. Sportfishing development that conforms to ecological and socially orientated criteria, founded on site-specific research that captures local environmental and social complexities, has the potential to provide mutual benefits to tourists and local people, fuelling community development and enhancing the cultural experience of tourists. Best practice guidelines for sportfishing that do not address these dimensions are unlikely to result in a viable industry. Given the current interest and growth of sportfishing in developing countries, the proposed guidelines can help a range of end users manage, conserve and maximize livelihood benefits from their fishery.

Item ID: 42222
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-2979
Keywords: ecotourism; food security; payment ecosystem services; recreational fishing; sustainable livelihood; three pillars
Funders: Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority, Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR project FIS/2013/015 Sustainable Management of Sportfisheries for Communities in Papua New Guinea
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2016 00:00
FoR Codes: 35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3508 Tourism > 350801 Impacts of tourism @ 35%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 35%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 30%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 20%
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