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Shellfish gathering and conservation on low coral islands: Kiribati perspectives

Thomas, Frank R. (2014) Shellfish gathering and conservation on low coral islands: Kiribati perspectives. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology, 9 (2). pp. 203-218. ISSN 1556-4894

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Low coral island societies in the Pacific have always lived in a precarious environment. Consequently, some writers have stated that people living on atolls and table reefs must have devised effective conservation strategies. Predictions from three optimal foraging models in ethnographic contexts (patch choice, patch sampling, and risk) applied to shellfish gathering in Kiribati, Micronesia, do not support the assumption that human foragers are motivated by a desire to conserve resources. While historical ecology data are sparse, there is little to indicate that coral islanders in the past needed to practice conservation of marine resources, including shellfish.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > SH Aquaculture. Fisheries. Angling
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > Oceania Centre for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies
Depositing User: Ms Shalni Sanjana
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2014 22:11
Last Modified: 27 May 2016 01:11

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