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Caught Up in Change

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Fraga, Julia
Journal: Samudra
Volume: 52
Page(s): 26-31
Date: 2009
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4713
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Central America & Caribbean
Subject(s): fisheries
traditional knowledge
marine resources
Abstract: "The 15 human settlements along the 365-km coastline of the State of Yucatan in Mexico have engaged in traditional fishing for finfish since pre-Hispanic times. Fishing harbours, such as Celestún, Dzilám de Bravo, San Felipe and Rio Lagartos, have strong fishing traditions dating back to ancestral times. Puerto Progreso, Telchac and El Cuyo came up during the colonial era and are strongly linked to land-based activities. People from these communities have been able to accumulate a wealth of traditional knowledge based on experience, naming the various fish species and fishing grounds in the Mayan language, a tradition that continues with the current generation of young fishermen."

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