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Biological and ecological mechanisms supporting marine self-governance: The Seri Callo de Hacha Fishery in Mexico

dc.contributor.author Basurto, X
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-22T17:41:56Z
dc.date.issued 2008-12-01
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6436
dc.description.abstract My goal was to describe how biological and ecological factors give shape to fishing practices that can contribute to the successful self-governance of a small-scale fishing system in the Gulf of California, Mexico. The analysis was based on a comparison of the main ecological and biological indicators that fishers claim to use to govern their day-to-day decision making about fishing and data collected in situ. I found that certain indicators allow fishers to learn about differences and characteristics of the resource system and its units. Fishers use such information to guide their day-to-day fishing decisions. More importantly, these decisions appear unable to shape the reproductive viability of the fishery because no indicators were correlated to the reproductive cycle of the target species. As a result, the fishing practices constitute a number of mechanisms that might provide short-term buffering capacity against perturbations or stress factors that otherwise would threaten the overall sustainability and self-governance of the system. The particular biological circumstances that shape the harvesting practices might also act as a precursor of self-governance because they provide fishers with enough incentives to meet the costs of organizing the necessary rule structure that underlies a successful self-governance system.
dc.publisher Resilience Alliance, Inc.
dc.relation.ispartof Ecology and Society
dc.title Biological and ecological mechanisms supporting marine self-governance: The Seri Callo de Hacha Fishery in Mexico
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Basurto, X|0514089
pubs.issue 2
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Marine Science and Conservation
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 13
dc.identifier.eissn 1708-3087
duke.contributor.orcid Basurto, X|0000-0002-5321-3654


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