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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 9 Customary marine tenure in the South Pacific: the uses and challenges of mapping

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 9 Customary marine tenure in the South Pacific: the uses and challenges of mapping Philip Townsley, James Anderson and Chris Mees Introduction methods of fisheries researchers with the knowledge and skills of local resource-users, The current world-wide crisis facing fisheries, have been investigated and introduced with and the apparent inability of centralised some success in Fiji, Vanuatu and other agencies responsible for fisheries management countries in the region. to deal with the crisis, have encouraged an Customary marine tenure increasing interest in alternative forms of managing fisheries resources. Among the forms of management that have attracted the Customary forms of tenure over marine areas attention of researchers are the numerous is one set of mechanisms frequently customary mechanisms found in the Southern encountered in the region which is widely and Western Pacific. On the reefs and lagoons interpreted as a form of management of marine of the Melanesian islands, a wide range of resources. Recent research has investigated measures are still widely used. These appear to both the impact of customary tenure and the ensure some level of sustainability in the social and cultural features of marine tenure harvesting of fish and shellfish which ...

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