Marine resource development and management schemes in developing countries have often been designed without significant consultation with, or understanding of the users of these resources. They often fail in consequence. Tackling resource management problems at the village level is
thus increasingly being encouraged. Collaborating with villagers provides opportunities and difficulties quite unlike those encountered in more conventional environmental studies. For what does one look—and how? Specific examples are given of how working with artisanal fishermen can
yield otherwise inaccessible insights into such matters as: unappreciated resource areas and their vulnerability to damage through coastal development, important aspects of the biology of target species, relevant local oceanographic phenomena, the local cultural palatability of proposed management
schemes and local traditional conservation practices of continuing value. Appropriate research methods are also briefly discussed.
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