Researchers who conducted a study of 89 East Africa fishing communities say they found good neighbors who agree with common proposals to improve shared fisheries management are hard to find. Authors of the newly published paper found that neighborliness appears to depend on predictable factors such as activities proposed perceptions of the costs and benefits, and the national historical context of development and conflicts.
The study is a first-of-its kind to examine perceptions of fisheries restrictions between neighboring communities in four African countries who share fishing grounds. They also concluded that some proposals for improving fishing can probably be handled by friendly get-togethers, but others require larger scales of governance and less-friendly enforcement. The implication, they said, is that achieving global fisheries sustainability will need some combination of informal agreements and consequential enforcement for those failing to comply.
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