Title

Fish wars: Conflict and collaboration in fisheries management in Southeast Asia

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-2007

Abstract

As a result of declining and overfished small-scale nearshore fisheries in Southeast Asia, there are increasing conflicts and social tensions between and among different user groups, leading to coastal "fish wars". A challenge facing fishers, resource managers and national decision makers in the region is to identify more appropriate governance and public policy mechanisms to manage conflicts over fishery resources and to resolve them productively in the interests of both long-term sustainability and short-term economic feasibility. A quantitative analysis undertaken in selected coastal communities in Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam with and without co-management indicate that co-management does lead to reduced resource conflict levels. The analysis has also shown that when resource conflicts are reduced, food security improves. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title, e.g., Journal

Marine Policy

Volume

31

Issue

6

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