[Coral-List] Sport fishing restrictions - suggestions

Williamson, David david.williamson at jcu.edu.au
Thu Jan 31 23:32:21 EST 2013

Hi Nicole,

I agree with the points raised by Jaun, Alice and Steve. We have had recreational and subsidence fishers actively involved in our research work in recent years and it has been a win-win for us. It's facilitated mutual exchange of information, and helped to build community awareness of the impacts of fishing and the management strategies being applied to control and sustain it. Management actions that communities value and support will always yield better results for fish stocks and the people that harvest them. Early engagement with clear and open communication is key to achieving effective management and compliance. This paper may be of interest:

Almany G.R., Hamilton R.J., Williamson D.H., Evans R.D., Jones G.P., Matawai M., Potuku T., Rhodes K.L., Russ G.R. & Sawynok B. (2010). Research partnerships with local communities: two case studies from Papua New Guinea and Australia. Coral Reefs 29: 567–576.    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00338-010-0624-3?LI=true


David H. Williamson, PhD
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
James Cook University
Townsville, QLD. 4811
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