Journal article

Enhancing the agency of fishers: A conceptual model of self-management in Australian abalone fisheries

PW Gilmour, PD Dwyer, RW Day

Marine Policy | Elsevier | Published : 2013

Abstract

Encouraging sustainable behaviour among fishers is an increasingly popular, but poorly understood approach to fisheries management. While examples of self-management and co-management offer some insights, there is a need to develop a better account of how diverse factors interact to affect behaviour. This paper explores factors contributing to variation in levels of self-management in five Australian abalone fisheries, using data from interviews, management workshops and surveys. A conceptual model of fishery self-management is developed from these data. Of central importance were the groups' capacity to cooperate and their perceptions of the state of the resource. These factors were, in tur..

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