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Property Rights and Regimes: Implications of Managing Capacity through Co-management on Lake Victoria, East Africa

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Nunan, F.; Kirema-Mukasa, C. T.
Conference: Sustaining Commons: Sustaining Our Future, the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of the Commons
Location: Hyderabad, India
Conf. Date: January 10-14
Date: 2011
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7387
Sector: Fisheries
Social Organization
Region: Africa
Subject(s): property rights
capacity building
Lake Victoria
Abstract: "With concern rising about the declining stock levels of one of the three commercial fisheries of Lake Victoria, East Africa, in the 2000s, the Lake Victoria Fisheries Organization (LVFO) embarked on the process of developing the world’s first Regional Plan of Action for the Management of Fishing Capacity. This plan commits the three Contracting Parties of LVFO, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, to keeping Nile perch fishing capacity to 2006 levels and harmonizing licensing in relation to target species and capacity variables. The move to greater management of fishing capacity has taken place within the context of the lakewide introduction of a co- management approach, with community-based fisheries organizations playing a role in improving compliance with fisheries rules and regulations and in efforts to manage capacity. Both the introduction of new approaches to the management of fishing capacity and the co-management approach have potential implications for access to the fisheries and the nature of the property regime and its governance. The paper analyses how moves to manage capacity are being developed and designed within the co-management framework and scope for strengthening co-management through measures to manage and monitor capacity."

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