Social capital plays a central role in transitions to sportfishing tourism in small-scale fishing communities in Papua New Guinea

Diedrich, Amy, Benham, Claudia, Pandihau, Lina, and Sheaves, Marcus (2019) Social capital plays a central role in transitions to sportfishing tourism in small-scale fishing communities in Papua New Guinea. Ambio, 48 (4). pp. 385-396.

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Growing concerns about pressures of global change on small-scale fishing communities have resulted in a proliferation of livelihood diversification initiatives linked to tourism. Where the focus is often on the role of financial, physical, and human capital in influencing the uptake of new opportunities, we argue for more consideration of the role of social capital. We implemented 157 household-level surveys in small-scale fishing communities in Papua New Guinea and modelled the influence of social and other capital assets on people’s perceptions of how easy it would be to become involved in sportfishing tourism. Social capital had a stronger influence relative to other forms of capital, with perceptions of reciprocity and satisfaction with leadership being the most influential aspects. Based on these results, we stress the importance of developing strategies aimed at understanding, building, and maintaining social capital and related social dynamics when implementing livelihood diversification initiatives.

Item ID: 54896
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1654-7209
Keywords: Pacific islands, Papua New Guinea, social capital, sportfishing, sustainable livelihoods, tourism
Copyright Information: Published Version: (C) Springer Author accepted version is open access after a 12 month embargo.
Funders: Papua New Guinea National Fisheries Authority (PNGNFA), Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Projects and Grants: ACIAR FIS/2013/015 Sustainable Management of Sportfisheries for Communities in Papua New Guinea
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2018 23:54
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4518 Pacific Peoples society and community > 451805 Pacific Peoples community and regional development @ 40%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4199 Other environmental sciences > 419999 Other environmental sciences not elsewhere classified @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4406 Human geography > 440608 Recreation, leisure and tourism geography @ 20%
SEO Codes: 90 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 9003 Tourism > 900399 Tourism not elsewhere classified @ 20%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9699 Other Environment > 969999 Environment not elsewhere classified @ 80%
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