Co-management: a solution for overfishing?



A study by the wildlife conservation society has determined an effective way of combating and regulating overfishing. The process is called co-management in which a collaborative arrangement is made between local communities, conservation groups, and governments. The agreement is based upon policies, regulation, and communication between groups over the areas that are fished in. Basically co-management is a team of different experts in their field that are working together for a common goal that will benefit the future.

The results of the study show success in 42 co-managed reefs in five countries. The partnership is a bold step to rectify damage that has been done, and in theory the solution seems to fit but only to an extent. Don’t global fisheries have a commission made up of experts that determine acceptable yearly fishing catch stocks? Don’t government’s subsidies groups regulate fisheries?

The solution works depending on the mission and vision of fisheries and the expectations placed upon them by the economy. The tornado known as overfishing is a spiral of issues involving conservation groups, businesses, technology, and the economies demands. The system is already being co-managed but the problem is that it is being co-managed at a global scale.

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