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The importance of understanding self-governance efforts in coastal fisheries in Peru: insights from La Islilla and Ilo

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Understanding self-governance efforts in small-scale coastal fisheries may hold the clue to establishing effective coastal fisheries policies or strengthening existing ones. Here, we explored the diversity and the rationale behind the self-devised control rules implemented by two groups of coastal fishers in Peru, and the pathways to promote compliance under self-governance systems, as a prerequisite to sustain such efforts. We drew on an exploratory methodological approach and used semi-structured interviews and a questionnaire, designed following Ostrom's socio-ecological system (SES) framework, to characterize each experience. A compliance framework was used to identify the pathways and factors driving compliance. Results showed a variety of informal control rules have been set and used by fishers, from catch limits to patrolling activities. Each addresses specific fisheries governance and management issues. Results also showed that setting control rules has not been a one-time event; instead, it is an evolving learning process. Furthermore, both traditional (La Islilla) and non-traditional (Ilo) SES frameworks have built their own ways to promote compliance and sustain self-governance efforts. These two experiences provide insights for understanding self-governance of coastal fisheries, with particular attention to identifying ways to improve the governability of small-scale fisheries through cogovernance type arrangements.
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Affiliations: 1: Consultant, Calle 29 Mz W1 Lote 17 Urb. El Pinar-Comas, Lima, Peru;, Email: [email protected] 2: Humboldt Current Project, The Nature Conservancy, Av. Casimiro Ulloa 346 Miraflores, Lima, Peru 3: Consultant, Mz. E1 Lote 36 Urb. Rosario del Norte – San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru 4: Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability & Centro de Conservación Marina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Casilla 193, Correo 22, Santiago, C.P 6513677, Chile

Publication date: January 1, 2017

This article was made available online on October 21, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "The importance of understanding self-governance efforts in coastal fisheries in Peru: insights from La Islilla and Ilo".

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