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Investigation and adapting ecological effectiveness for community - based management in Fiji

Meo, Semisi V. and Comley, James and Sivo, L. and Waqainabete, S. (2012) Investigation and adapting ecological effectiveness for community - based management in Fiji. [Conference Proceedings] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network have recorded more than 200 marine managed areas (MMA) through the set up of tabu area in Fiji since their establishment in 2000. The Conservation International Marine Managed Area Science (CIMMAS) program was tasked to examine the efficacy of management regimes in protected and managed near-shore coral reef habitats through detailed data collection and analysis, and utilize those data and results to illuminate the ecological processes driving coral reef resiliency. Four MMAs were selected, each with differing investment in management and environmental characteristics and assessment design of within protected areas (or no-take tabu areas) and outside protected areas, and in shallow habitats and deeper habitats implemented. Ecologically benefits are accruing within the no-take tabu areas within the MMAs studied- across all sites in which the tabu area remains there were significantly greater targeted fish biomass. The results are inconclusive over the effects of protection on the status of the wider ecosystem. At the only site at which treatment-control could be established, data were not able to conclusively prove the presence of benefit beyond the boundary of the no-take tabu area. However a number of emergent themes that needs to be addressed in order to continue these successes. These themes are communities entering a capital society- monetizing fisheries, receiving fisheries benefits that threatens the long term existence of many of the MMAs in Fiji,developing an integrated national plan for MMAs and the role of MMAs in fisheries sustainability at the national scale.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > Institute of Applied Science
Depositing User: Generic Account
Date Deposited: 28 May 2014 14:19
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 14:19
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/7415
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