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The Creation of the Chagos Marine Protected Area: A Fisheries Perspective

This article takes the perspectives of the fishermen that were affected by the establishment of the no-take MPA in the Chagos Archipelago in 2010. These fishermen felt like there was not enough evidence for a no-take zone that endangered their primary livelihood and had major socio-economic influences. The article states that the lack of engaging stakeholders in the MPA process resulted in conflicts that ended in court.

A fisherman’s perspective on MPAs (presentation)

This presentation shares the perspective of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation on the establishment and management of the MPAs in their region. While highlighting historical events the main points of the presentation are that fisheries are not necessarily against MPAs, but that they do cause feelings of insecurity. Therefore, they need to be included in the design processes from the very beginning.

El Criadero - The Breeding Ground (Video)

This video is part of the project ‘The Galapagos Marine Reserve from a tuna fisheries’ perspective’. This project shows the changed perspectives of industrial tuna fishermen in Manta, Ecuador, on the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). The short documentary emphasizes the life of one fisher’s family and how this is socially and economically by the establishment of the GMR. The conclusion is that the MPA is perceived as a ‘criadero’: a nursery that supports the tuna fishery. Besides two videos, the second one having a more technical approach, the project also produced a report.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve from a tuna fishery’s perspective - SPANISH

This report shows the changed perspectives of industrial tuna fishermen in Manta, Ecuador, on the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). During the establishment of the GMR in 1998, Manta’s tuna industry strongly opposed the reserve, which led to a political conflict. The study shows that today the perspective of the tuna industry of Manta is more positive and that the MPA is seen as a nursery that supports their fishery. Because of the anthropological, qualitative approach the perspectives of fishermen, boat owners and others from the industry is revealed.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve from a tuna fishery’s perspective - ENGLISH

This report shows the changed perspectives of industrial tuna fishermen in Manta, Ecuador, on the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR). During the establishment of the GMR in 1998, Manta’s tuna industry strongly opposed the reserve, which led to a political conflict. The study shows that today the perspective of the tuna industry of Manta is more positive and that the MPA is seen as a nursery that supports their fishery. Because of the anthropological, qualitative approach the perspectives of fishermen, boat owners and others from the industry is revealed.

Fisheries, tourism, and marine protected areas: Conflicting or synergistic interactions?

Brazil - Fish production was high outside the MPA (9.25 t/day), and could be profitable, resulting in reduced fishing pressure, but a faulty market chain prevents this. Fishers involved with coastal tourism had better incomes than those who engaged in only fisheries. Tourism in permitted areas outside the MPA could benefit both fisheries and biodiversity conservation by reducing the time fishers allocate to fishing and by attracting visitors for wildlife viewing.

Are marine reserves and harvest control rules substitutes or complements for rebuilding fisheries?

Harvest control rules and no-take marine reserves are two management approaches increasingly advocated as effective means of rebuilding depleted fish stocks and averting the collapse of fisheries. We incorporate the two approaches into a bioeconomic model and evaluate how they act as substitutes and/or complements when used together in fisheries stock recovery plans.

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