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Customary Marine Tenure for Managing Aquatic Resources in Papua New Guinea

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Hyndman, David
Conference: Common Property in Ecosystems Under Stress, the Fourth Annual Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Manila, Philippines
Conf. Date: June, 1993
Date: 1993
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/5502
Sector: Fisheries
Water Resource & Irrigation
Region: Pacific and Australia
Subject(s): water resources
common pool resources
indigenous institutions
customary law
Abstract: "A process of dispossession and disruption of indigenous fishing cultures is a matter of historic record in many parts of Papua New Guinea. Customary Marine Tenure (CMT) is only now being acknowledged and documented, especially compared to the extensive ethnographic record on land tenure. Mixtures of communal and exclusive individual tenure, or public access traditions may overlap. CMT are viable, if fragile and still incompletely understood, limited entry solutions to managing living marine resources in response to degradation of environment and legislation of commons status for inshore fisheries used as a convenient maneuver to displace or nullify CMT claims of indigenous Melanesians."

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