Role of Researchers in Support of Fisheries Co-management Public Deposited

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The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service, United States Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries); United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); The United States Agency for International Development supported Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Support Program (ACRSP).

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  • Increased attention is being given to the promise of co-management as a means of achieving sustainable fish stocks while at the same time providing benefits to those dependent on the fishery. At the same time, the view that co-management represents a continuum between state or user control is being replaced by the view that co-management is better represented by more complex networks comprised of a variety of stakeholders who may each assume different roles, responsibilities and levels of authority. Experiences from research funded through the UK Department for International Development’s Fisheries Management Science Programme (FMSP) have highlighted the potential role of researchers, a stakeholder group not traditionally given an active role in management, within such networks. Often in fisheries management the approach taken has been to separate research from management decision-making or to research and then manage, with scientific advice being provided to government agencies. However, in co-managed fisheries there is a danger that this can lead to advice that does not reflect the needs and constraints of those dependent on the fishery and/or advice that is not available to all the stakeholder groups involved in making decisions. The FMSP experiences suggest that there are many benefits from involving researchers more actively in the management process. This not only makes information generation (the traditional role of the researcher) more relevant but can also lead to improvements in the sharing of information so that decisions are made on the basis of a common understanding amongst stakeholder groups. Management uncertainties can be reduced and, at the same time, management strategies can be developed that better meet the objectives of those dependent upon, or affected by, the fishery.
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  • Arthur, Robert and Caroline Garaway. 2006. Role of Researchers in Support of Fisheries Co-management. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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