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Local Level Fisheries Management in Diani-Chale, Kenya: Current Status and Future Directions

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The current regime of fisheries management and the prospects for attaining a more locally oriented, collaborative system of fisheries management in Diani-Chale, Kenya are examined. At present fisheries management in Diani-Chale is characterized by diminished government capacity for regulation, weakened local institutions, and little ability to exert control over the use of fisheries. Local level management requires the development and use of local institutions that can govern the use of fishery resources. The fish landing sites used by fishers and their associated fishing grounds were identified to be at the appropriate level for resolving fishery management issues. A more formal role for these entities, the clarification of fishing ground tenure and access rights, and support for the development and enforcement of local fishing rules can further local management. The socioeconomic condition of fishers, their fear of losing landing sites, and the continued perception of the imposition of a marine reserve pose barriers to initiatives seeking to further local level management.

Keywords: Diani-Chale; Kenya; co-management; fisheries management; local level management

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Fisheries, GIS & ICT CORDIO East Africa (Coral Reef Degradation in the Indian Ocean) Bamburi, Mombasa, Kenya

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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