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Systematizing Local Knowledge Using GIS: Fisheries Management in Bang Saphan Bay, Thailand

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Type: Working Paper
Author: Anuchiracheeva, Supaporn; Demaine, Harvey; Shivakoti, Ganesh P.; Ruddle, Kenneth
Date: 2003
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/4954
Sector: Fisheries
Information & Knowledge
Region: East Asia
Subject(s): local knowledge
remote sensing
Abstract: "Although local knowledge is a crucial source of information for fishery development, its generally unsystematic presentation and nebulous content makes use by policy makers or managers difficult. Based on field data obtained using Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) at Bang Saphan Bay, Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand, we attempt to show here how local knowledge can be effectively systematized, analyzed and displayed visually using a Geographical Information System (GIS) for use in fisheries management. PRA data on location fished, time of fishing, techniques and technology used and species targeted was obtained from local fishers then mapped using Arcview (3.1).| In this way local fisheries knowledge can be converted into geo-spatial data form via GIS, and the succinct results used easily to guide fishery management and planning, especially by offering directions for rights-based fisheries and co-management."

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