Discerning the culture of compliance through recreational fisher's perceptions of poaching

Bergseth, Brock J., and Roscher, Matthew (2018) Discerning the culture of compliance through recreational fisher's perceptions of poaching. Marine Policy, 89. pp. 132-141.

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Compliance is critical for effective conservation, and non-compliance regularly negates the desired outcomes of the world's marine protected areas. To increase compliance, practitioners must understand why resource users are breaking the rules, why these behaviours continue to occur, and how to effectively confront non-compliance. This study interviewed 682 recreational fishers of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (GBRMP) to examine the social components of compliance management. These components included fisher's perceptions of non-compliance, or poaching (defined here as fishing in no-take zones), as well as the beliefs, attitudes, normative influences, consumptive orientation and perceived behavioural controls that may influence fisher's decisions to poach. Encouragingly, most fishers had high perceptions of the legitimacy of management agencies and thought poaching was socially and personally unacceptable. However, these findings suggest that four (mis)perceptions or mechanisms are likely operative and at least partially responsible for continued non-compliance by fishers. These included pluralistic ignorance, false consensus, social learning, and a perceived lack of deterrence. Numerous tools can be used to address and correct these perceptions, including social norms and influence approaches, strengthened coercive deterrence measures, fear-arousing communications, and social outreach. If properly implemented, these tools and approaches should not only increase compliance but also reduce support (whether active or passive) for a culture of non-compliance.

Item ID: 53458
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9460
Keywords: Social norms approach, False consensus effect, Social structure social learning, Deterrence, Subculture
Copyright Information: © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 07:47
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 100%
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