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Free Content Participatory monitoring of shallow tropical marine fisheries by artisanal fishers in Diani, Kenya

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Artisanal fishermen possess a wealth of knowledge about their environment and the dynamics of fish populations. This study uses an eco-anthropological approach to document and map the resource and spatial knowledge of coral reef fishermen in the Diani region of Kenya. The objective of the study is to document fishermen's knowledge, and to assess the nature and utility of information used by fishermen as a basis for resource management. As the foundation of their livelihoods, fishermen possess mental 'monitoring mechanisms' for assessing trends in the fishery and show a high awareness of the issues involved in mapping, recording catch data, and analysis of the information. This paper presents an overview of a participatory monitoring study with artisanal fishermen, to try and adapt their existing assessment mechanisms to paper and computing. Data collection focussed on variables important to fishermen in their daily activities, i.e., the captain and crew, gear used, sites selected for fishing, the total weight of catch and the types of fish caught. This paper focuses on some of the issues raised by the process of participatory monitoring.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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