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Title: Establishing a governance threshold in small-scale fisheries to achieve sustainability
Authors: Aguion, Alba; Ojea, Elena; Garcia-Florez, Lucia; Cruz, Teresa and Garmendia, Joxe Mikel; Davoult, Dominique; Queiroga, Henrique and Rivera, Antonella; Acuna-Fernandez, Jose Luis; Macho, Gonzalo
Abstract: The lack of effective governance is a major concern in small-scale fisheries. The implementation of governance that encompasses the three pillars of sustainability (social, economic, and ecological) is still a worldwide challenge. We examined nine stalked barnacle fisheries (Pollicipes pollicipes) across Southwest Europe to better understand the relationship between governance elements and sustainability. Our results show that nested spatial scales of management, the access structure, co-management, and fisher's participation in monitoring and surveillance promote sustainability. However, it is not the mere presence of these elements but their level of implementation that drives sustainability. Efforts should be placed in the accomplishment of a minimum combination of local scales of management, access rights through individual quotas, instructive-consultative co-management and functional participation. Surpassing this threshold in future governance structures will start to adequately promote social, economic and ecologically sustainability in small-scale fisheries.
Publisher: SPRINGER
Type: Article; Early Access
DOI: 10.1007/s13280-021-01606-x
ISSN: 0044-7447
E-ISSN: 1654-7209
Funder: Biodiversa through the project PERCEBES (��Tools for the transition to spatial management of coastal resources: the stalked barnacle fishery in SW Europe''
Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness) [PCIN-2016-120]
FPU fellowshipSpanish Government [FPU2016-04258]
European Research Council through the project CLOCK (��Climate Adaptation to Shifting Stocks''
ERC Starting Grant) [8679812]
Fundacao para a Ciencia e Tecnologia (FCT), through the strategic project [UID/MAR/04292/2019]
FCT/MCTESPortuguese Foundation for Science and TechnologyEuropean Commission [UIDP/50017/2020UIDB/50017/2020]
Universidade de Vigo/CISUG
Appears in Publication types:Artículos científicos

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