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Seagrass dependent Artisanal Fisheries of Southeast Asia

Unsworth, Richard K. F. and Cullen-Unsworth, Leanne Claire 2016. Seagrass dependent Artisanal Fisheries of Southeast Asia. In: Finlayson, C. Max, Milton, G. Randy, Prentice, R. Crawford and Davidson, Nick C. eds. The Wetland Book II: Distribution, Description, and Conservation, Dordrecht: Springer, (10.1007/978-94-007-6173-5_267-1)

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Seagrass meadows are widespread and abundant across Southeast (SE) Asia providing a myriad of ecosystem services that includes artisanal fisheries which support human wellbeing though livelihood provision and food security. In addition to threats commonly associated with degradation of seagrass meadows globally, seagrass meadows across SE Asia are increasingly threatened by overexploitation of their productive fish and invertebrate assemblages. The abundance of small-scale fisheries across SE Asia means that fisheries management needs to identify socially acceptable and locally implementable controls on marine resource use that supports conservation at the same time as enhancing local livelihood interests. In this article we discuss the drivers of SE Asia seagrass meadow degradation and identify the need for increased focus on understanding socio-economic and cultural issues as on pure ecological information in conservation and fisheries management.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 978-94-007-6173-5
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2019 08:15

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