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Ecologically sustainable but unfair?: Negotiating equity and authority in common-pool marine resource management

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dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nathan
dc.contributor.author Beveridge, Rachelle
dc.contributor.author Klain, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-19T22:18:57Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-19T22:18:57Z
dc.date.copyright 2014 en_US
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Klain, S., Beveridge, R, Bennett, N.J. (2014). Ecologically sustainable but unfair? Negotiating equity and authority in common-pool marine resource management. Ecology & Society 19(4), 52. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss4/art52/ en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1708-3087
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/5785
dc.description.abstract Under appropriate conditions, community-based fisheries management can support sound resource stewardship, with positive social and environmental outcomes. Evaluating indigenous peoples’ involvement in commercial sea cucumber and geoduck fisheries on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada, we found that the current social-ecological system configuration is relatively ecologically sustainable according to stock assessments. However, the current system also results in perceived inequities in decision-making processes, harvesting allocations, and socioeconomic benefits. As a result, local coastal resource managers envision a transformation of sea cucumber and geoduck fisheries governance and management institutions. We assessed the potential robustness of the proposed institutions using Elinor Ostrom’s common-pool resource design principles. Grounded in the region’s legal, political, and historical context, our analysis suggests that greater local involvement in these invertebrate fisheries and their management could provide more benefits to local communities than the status quo while maintaining an ecologically sustainable resource. Our research highlights the importance of explicitly addressing historical context and equity considerations in social-ecological system analyses and when renegotiating the institutions governing common-pool resources. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Resilience Alliance en_US
dc.subject benthic fisheries en_US
dc.subject common-pool resources en_US
dc.subject CPR design principles en_US
dc.subject environmental governance en_US
dc.subject indigenous or aboriginal peoples en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject small-scale fisheries en_US
dc.subject social-ecological system framework en_US
dc.title Ecologically sustainable but unfair?: Negotiating equity and authority in common-pool marine resource management en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Faculty en_US
dc.description.reviewstatus Reviewed en_US


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  • Bennett, Nathan
    Nathan Bennett has worked as a researcher, university instructor, teacher, guide, international development worker, and sustainability-conservation educator.

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