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multiple factors affect socioeconomics and wellbeing of artisanal sea cucumber fishers.small-scale fisheries are important to livelihoods and subsistence seafood consumption of millions of fishers. sea cucumbers are fished worldwide for export to asia, yet few studies have assessed factors affecting socioeconomics and wellbeing among fishers. we interviewed 476 men and women sea cucumber fishers at multiple villages within multiple locations in fiji, kiribati, tonga and new caledonia using structured questionnaires. low rates of subsistence consumption confirmed a primary role of ...201627930649
trade-offs between data resolution, accuracy, and cost when choosing information to plan reserves for coral reef ecosystems.conservation planners must reconcile trade-offs associated with using biodiversity data of differing qualities to make decisions. coarse habitat classifications are commonly used as surrogates to design marine reserve networks when fine-scale biodiversity data are incomplete or unavailable. although finely-classified habitat maps provide more detail, they may have more misclassification errors, a common problem when remotely-sensed imagery is used. despite these issues, planners rarely consider ...201727940319
characteristics of the shark fisheries of fiji.limited information is available on artisanal and subsistence shark fisheries across the pacific. the aim of this study was to investigate fiji's inshore fisheries which catch sharks. in january and february 2013, 253 semi-directive interviews were conducted in 117 villages and at local harbours on viti levu, vanua levu, taveuni, ovalau and a number of islands of the mamanuca and yasawa archipelagos. of the 253 interviewees, 81.4% reported to presently catch sharks, and 17.4% declared that they ...201526626561
efficient and equitable design of marine protected areas in fiji through inclusion of stakeholder-specific objectives in conservation planning.the efficacy of protected areas varies, partly because socioeconomic factors are not sufficiently considered in planning and management. although integrating socioeconomic factors into systematic conservation planning is increasingly advocated, research is needed to progress from recognition of these factors to incorporating them effectively in spatial prioritization of protected areas. we evaluated 2 key aspects of incorporating socioeconomic factors into spatial prioritization: treatment of so ...201525916976
combining natural history collections with fisher knowledge for community-based conservation in fiji.harnessing the traditional ecological knowledge (tek) of local communities has the potential to enhance conservation planning in developing regions. marine protected areas (mpas) that incorporate traditional beliefs about reef tenure are generally more successful in reaching conservation goals and ensuring the participation of local fishermen on vulnerable tropical reef systems. fiji possesses a unique system of traditional reef management in which local clans or villages, called mataqali, contr ...201424849330
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