402 people (including 19 managers) from 22 landing sites were surveyed in Coastal Kenya about their views of management regulations of fishing and perceived personal costs versus benefits from management actions. The more frequent significant factor was the perceived disparity between the benefits of management actions for the individual fishers or their communities, and the benefits to the government. The most supported management action consisted of gear restrictions, and the least supported was area closures. The study concludes that management should be planned at multiple scales, where local management is a mixture of top-down approaches (such as gear and minimum-size restrictions) and local by-laws (such as closures).
Author: McClanahan, T.R., C.A. Abunge, and J.E. Cinner
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Environmental Conservation 39(4): 357-369. doi: 10.1017/S0376892912000197