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Fisheries Co-Management: Evaluation and Long-Term Outcomes in Tárcoles, Costa Rica

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dc.contributor.advisor Kennedy, Chris J Castro, Antonio
dc.creator Castro, Antonio 2016-09-28T10:23:07Z 2016-09-28T10:23:07Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Fisheries stakeholders have identified the need to implement fisheries management approaches that ensure sustainable practices while addressing the economic interests of fishers. Co-management of fisheries resources, where communities collaborate with government regulators to develop fishery policy, has gained traction in Costa Rica. The "Area Marina de Pesca Responsable de Tárcoles" (“Tárcoles Responsible Fishing Marine Area” or RFMA) is an example were the Tárcoles artisanal fishing cooperative, CoopeTárcoles R.L., has developed and implemented a regulatory structure using the co-management model. This dissertation evaluates the short-term outcomes and long-term implications of the RFMA using Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE). This EwE analysis represents the first multi-species, time-dynamic model of the Gulf of Nicoya (GoN). Results of this analysis can inform CoopeTárcoles R.L. and the conservation community of those factors which may contribute to the success of the Tárcoles RFMA. Lessons and insights gained from researching the Tárcoles RFMA can also supplement management efforts for other RFMAs established in Costa Rica.
dc.format.extent 267 pages
dc.language.iso en
dc.rights Copyright 2016 Antonio Castro
dc.subject Environmental science en_US
dc.subject Economics en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject Co Management en_US
dc.subject Ecopath with Ecosim en_US
dc.subject Fisheries en_US
dc.subject Nicoya en_US
dc.subject Ostrom en_US
dc.subject Pesca Responsable en_US
dc.title Fisheries Co-Management: Evaluation and Long-Term Outcomes in Tárcoles, Costa Rica
dc.type Dissertation Doctoral Environmental Science and Public Policy George Mason University

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