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Understanding Artisanal Fishers’ Behaviors: The Case of Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia

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Leibniz Center for Tropical Marine Ecology (ZMT), Fahrenheitstr. 6, Bremen D-28359, Germany
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Center of Excellence in Marine Sciences (CEMarin), Justus Liebig University Giessen, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 26-32 (IFZ), Giessen D-35392, Germany
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Jacobs University Bremen, Campus Ring 1, Bremen 28759, Germany
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Department of Community Sustainability, Michigan State University, 480 Wilson Road, Room 326, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Torretta
Sustainability 2016, 8(6), 549; https://doi.org/10.3390/su8060549
Received: 19 January 2016 / Revised: 19 May 2016 / Accepted: 3 June 2016 / Published: 13 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Use of the Environment and Resources)
We investigate the ecological impact caused by fishing grounds and the fishing gear/methods used by fishers in Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta (CGSM), an estuarine lagoon located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. To do so, we build individual and composite ecological sustainable indicators based on the opinions of a group of experienced fishers and a group of scientists. Additionally, we use those indicators to examine the influence of socioeconomic and perceptional factors on fishers’ fishing behaviors and how those behaviors may be affecting CGSM fishery resources. Our results suggest that fishers and scientists differ in their opinions about the impact of fishing on CGSM. Additionally, we found that having a higher level of education, sharing household expenses with other family members and spending more hours fishing lead to ecologically-sustainable fishing behavior, while the perception that the government is responsible for CGSM conservation leads to ecologically unsustainable fishing behavior. View Full-Text
Keywords: artisanal fishing; fishers’ behavior; ecological sustainability; local ecological knowledge; Colombia artisanal fishing; fishers’ behavior; ecological sustainability; local ecological knowledge; Colombia
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Torres-Guevara, L.E.; Lopez, M.C.; Schlüter, A. Understanding Artisanal Fishers’ Behaviors: The Case of Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, Colombia. Sustainability 2016, 8, 549.

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