[Coral-List] Economic Valuation and market based conservation

Jon McKenzie mckenzie.jf at gmail.com
Fri Aug 12 17:53:37 EDT 2011

Bill in answer to your question about fisherman in shark conservation areas;
take a look at Shark Reef Marine Reserve in Fiji. Through the creation of a
shark diving operation, the local villages that surrendered the fishing area
were compensated with jobs at the dive operation as well as $20 fjd from
each person each dive. Each year the dive shop takes 2 interns from each
village and upon successful completion of the internship they are hired on.
The idea worked so well they were able to expand the shark reserve to
encompass up to 30 miles of Coast. The operators (all locals) also serve as
fish wardens and keep poachers off the reef.

While this is not possible at every marine reserve, it is at least a
promising story and shows that you can in fact estimate the value of sharks
to tourism without fisherman being "Fictitious employment in consultants'

Jon McKenzie
Ph.D. Candidate
Nekton Research Lab
Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148
McKenzie.JF at Gmail.com
Office: (504) 280-4015
Cell: (704) 560-5186

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Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2011 13:44:42 -0400
From: Bill Allison <allison.billiam at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Coral-List] Economic Valuation and market based
To: Hector Reyes <hreyes at uabcs.mx>
Cc: "coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov" <coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov>,
       Eugene Shinn <eshinn at marine.usf.edu>
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Agreed. Its part of the governance problem.
Shark conservation is worth plenty to tourism in principle but what do the
fishermen get in return for not catching the sharks?
Fictitious employment in consultants' proposals?
Ditto for marine protected areas.

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