History and co-management of the artisanal mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis) spawning aggregation fishery at Gladden Spit, Belize, 1950–2011

Granados-Dieseldorff, Pablo and Heyman, William D. and Azueta, James (2013) History and co-management of the artisanal mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis) spawning aggregation fishery at Gladden Spit, Belize, 1950–2011. Fisheries Research, 147. pp. 213-221.

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    Abstract

    Since the 1950s, artisanal fishers from southern Belize have harvested mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis) from the Gladden Spit fish spawning aggregation site. In 2000, the Government of Belize partnered with stakeholders to conserve the area and co-manage the fishery. The objective of this study was to present the history of the artisanal mutton snapper fishery in its environmental and socioeconomic context and qualitatively evaluate its present status. We identified long-term trends in the fishing activity through historical catch reconstructions and estimation of fishing fleet size since the late 1980s, statistically compared inter-annual trends in catch per unit effort (CPUE) and in mutton snapper sizes between 1999 and 2011, and delineated possible factors that might have caused the observed patterns. Our data show a sharp reduction in total landings and fishing effort that started in the late 1980s, parallel to a rapid growth in the tourism industry and to a shift in the livelihoods of many fishers. Annual CPUE, individual sizes, and sex ratios have been relatively stable between 1999 and 2011, indicating persistence of the fishery during this recent period. Key to successful long-term, adaptive co-management of the fishery is a continued involvement of fishers and other stakeholders in resource monitoring and evaluation, as well as in policy and decision making.

    Item Type: Peer-reviewed Journal Article
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    Unique ID or DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2013.06.007
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Keywords: Artisanal fisheries Co-management Data-sparse fisheries Fishers’ knowledge Reef fish spawning aggregations
    Subjects: (A) Biodiversity > (AC) Fish > (ACB) Marine
    (C) Ecosystems > (CB) Marine > (CBA) Coral Reefs
    (F) People and the Environment > (FB) Resource Use
    (H) Protected Areas > (HI) Spawning Aggregation
    Publication Sources: (3) Other Source > (3C) Other Universities
    Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2014 14:40
    Last Modified: 09 Dec 2014 07:00
    URI: http://eprints.uberibz.org/id/eprint/1435

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