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Number 38 - June 2017

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Group Co-ordinator and Bulletin Editor:
Kenneth Ruddle, Asahigaoka-cho 7-22-511, Ashiya-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan 659-0012.

Production:
Pacific Community, Fisheries Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems Division, Information Section. SPC, BP D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia

Produced with financial assistance from the Australian Government, the European Union, France and the New Zealand Aid Programme


Editor’s note

This edition has three articles, two from Melanesia and one on Pacific Islands policies in general.

The first, “Past experiences and the refinement of Vanuatu’s model for supporting community-based fisheries management,” by Jason Raubani and eight co-authors, examines co-management of marine resources using a community-based approach, as a successor to the centralised and westernised management approach used in the 1990s, which was particularly inadequate for coping with ecological, historical and cultural diversity. This article reflects on the recent history of how community-based approaches to fisheries management have evolved and shifted in Vanuatu. These reflections offer lessons to Vanuatu and other Pacific Island countries as they continue with programmes aimed at supporting and strengthening community-based management of fisheries.  

In the second article, “Critical reflections from fostering adaptive community-based, co-management in Solomon Islands’ small-scale fisheries”, Anne-Maree Schwarz and six co-authors analyse one institution’s nine-year effort to improve small-scale fisheries in five regions in Solomon Islands. The authors critically reflect on their approach to diagnosing, designing, monitoring and adjusting management while promoting community-ownership of the process and outcomes.

In “Policies in harmony? Does the New Song agree with the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines?” Andrew Song, Philippa Cohen and Tiffany Morrison compare the visions, guiding principles, and recommendations of the SPC-facilitated “New Song” and the FAO-facilitated “Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines”, to determine if harmonised implementation of these two policies is possible. The authors conclude that, in many regards, the two policies are similar, and so the “New Song” could provide a vehicle to operationalise many, but not all, aspects of the “Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines.”

As she did for the last issue, Dr Philippa J. Cohen continues to serve as a guest editor for this edition.

Kenneth Ruddle and Philippa Cohen


Contents

Past experiences and the refinement of Vanuatu’s model for supporting community-based fisheries management
Raubani J., Eriksson H., Neihapi P.T., Tavue Baereleo R., Amos M., Pakoa K., Gereva S., Nimoho G., Andrew N. (pdf: 169 KB)
Critical reflections from fostering adaptive community-based, co-management in Solomon Islands’ small-scale fisheries
Schwarz A.-M., Cohen P.J., Boso D., Ramofafia C., Alexander T., Bennett G., Andrew N. (pdf: 307 KB)
Policies in harmony? Does the New Song agree with the Small-Scale Fisheries Guidelines?
Song A.M., Cohen P.J., Morrison T.H. (pdf: 249 KB)
 

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