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Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The Marine Resources Division of Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia is currently engaged in development activities that include the establishment of family scale mariculture projects for community members of remote villages and outer islands. The goal of this undertaking is to supplement subsistence and income generation ventures for community members through the wise use and exploitation of the marine environment. These aims may be jeopardized unless a management plan is devised that reflects the customary marine resource practices as embraced by islanders from each community. The intent of this thesis projects is to devise a mariculture management model that could assist marine resource managers minimize and avoid marine resource user conflicts that may become manifested with the introduction of family mariculture projects. A ten week field investigation was conducted on three different study sites to obtain qualitative and quantitative data that would aid in the development of an appropriate mariculture management model. Research results disclose various marine resource user rights and practices that are consistent with mariculture management parameters and could significantly reduce user conflicts for each community.