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Fishing Accords: The Political Ecology of Fishing Intensification in the Amazon

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dc.contributor.author de Castro, Fábio
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T18:19:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-16T18:19:38Z
dc.date.issued 2000 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/7912
dc.description.abstract "This study addresses human responses to environmental change. In particular, it analyzes fishing accords, a recent local fishing management instrument created by the floodplain populations in the Amazon. The dissertation identifies the major factors related to the emergence, maintenance, and performance of the fishing accords in order to examine the incentives to create this local management system, and its potential ecological outcomes. Data were obtained by combining secondary data from local publications, and primary data from community census and extensive fieldwork between 1991 and 1997 including interviews, participant observation, and structured questionnaires on household socioeconomy and fishing production. A regional analysis of the fishing accords in ecological, historical socioeconomic, and institutional contexts highlights the major factors influenceing its emergence and maintenance. then, a community-based analysis of two cases of fishing accords evaluates the variability of preformance between the two communities. Finally, a summary of the theoretical findings is presented that realte fishing accords to floodplain co-management for the Lower Amazon. The findings reveal the importance of human agency in the performance of local management systems. Thes heterogeneity of ecological opportunities and local social organization present in floodplain communities creates diverse incentives to individuals to participate in this collective endeavor. The study finds that fishing accords can improve the ecological system when the local population is able to control local decisions, can solve internal conflicts, has access to other resources, and when the ecosystem can be managed by local rules. Therefore, fishing accords are not a panacea to improve fishing productivity or provide fish conservation. Rather, formal recognition of those institutions should rely upon an evaluation of the social features of the population as well as of the ecological features of the system to be managed in order to determine the degree of fit." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject Amazon River region en_US
dc.subject co-management en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.title Fishing Accords: The Political Ecology of Fishing Intensification in the Amazon en_US
dc.type Thesis or Dissertation en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.publisher.workingpaperseries Indiana University en_US
dc.type.thesistype Ph.D Dissertation en_US
dc.coverage.region South America en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US

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