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Type: Journal article
Title: Social Contexts and Customary Fisheries: Marine Protected Areas and Indigenous Use, Australia
Author: Nursey-Bray, M.
Citation: Environmental Management (New York): an international journal for decision-makers, scientists and environmental auditors, 2011; 47(4):671-683
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0364-152X
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Melissa Nursey-Bray
Abstract: Worldwide, the implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) offers opportunities for delivering fisheries and biodiversity management objectives. In Australia however, the primary function of an MPA is that of biodiversity conservation. Nonetheless, the management of Indigenous customary fisheries is one area where fisheries and biodiversity issues converge. This article examines the relationship between biodiversity and customary fisheries in an MPA context by investigation of the role and importance of Indigenous social contexts. Using case study examples from Australia, I explore the role of Indigenous social contexts in two dimensions: (i) management of traditional fisheries and (ii) Indigenous contribution to fisheries within an MPA. Findings demonstrate two narratives concerning social contexts, one of recognition and the other concerning Indigenous involvement in management. I conclude with a survey of Indigenous management initiatives within MPAs. The article ends with a discussion of the utility of understanding social contexts in any marine management endeavour, specifically other social contexts within an MPA.
Keywords: Marine protected areas
Customary fisheries
Rights: © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
DOI: 10.1007/s00267-010-9545-8
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