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Ecologically Sustainable but Unjust? Negotiating Equity and Authority in Common-Pool Marine Resource Management

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dc.contributor.author Klain, Sarah C.
dc.contributor.author Beveridge, Rachelle
dc.contributor.author Bennett, Nathan J.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-03T15:42:42Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-03T15:42:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/9628
dc.description.abstract "Under appropriate conditions, community-based fisheries management can support sound resource stewardship, with positive social and environmental outcomes. Evaluating indigenous peoples’ involvement in commercial sea cucumber and geoduck fisheries on the central coast of British Columbia, Canada, we found that the current social-ecological system configuration is relatively ecologically sustainable according to stock assessments. However, the current system also results in perceived inequities in decision-making processes, harvesting allocations, and socioeconomic benefits. As a result, local coastal resource managers envision a transformation of sea cucumber and geoduck fisheries governance and management institutions. We assessed the potential robustness of the proposed institutions using Elinor Ostrom’s common-pool resource design principles. Grounded in the region’s legal, political, and historical context, our analysis suggests that greater local involvement in these invertebrate fisheries and their management could provide more benefits to local communities than the status quo while maintaining an ecologically sustainable resource. Our research highlights the importance of explicitly addressing historical context and equity considerations in social-ecological system analyses and when renegotiating the institutions governing common-pool resources." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject social-ecological systems en_US
dc.subject resource management en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject fisheries en_US
dc.subject design principles en_US
dc.subject common pool resources en_US
dc.title Ecologically Sustainable but Unjust? Negotiating Equity and Authority in Common-Pool Marine Resource Management en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.type.methodology Case Study en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country Canada en_US
dc.subject.sector Fisheries en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 19 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 4 en_US

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