Human Ecology

, Volume 36, Issue 6, pp 853–860

Non-management of Natural Resources: The Case of Inland Fisheries in the Mayan Zone, Quintana Roo, México


DOI: 10.1007/s10745-008-9201-6

Cite this article as:
Arce-Ibarra, A.M. & Charles, A. Hum Ecol (2008) 36: 853. doi:10.1007/s10745-008-9201-6


This study explores the management of inland fisheries on common lands (ejidos) within the Mayan Zone of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Qualitative survey data are used to examine whether there are (a) ongoing fishery conservation activities; (b) local caretakers of fishing sites; (c) restrictions on where fishing can take place; and (d) particular groups of individuals who lack the right to fish within the ejidos. Results indicate that in contrast to other local resources, fisheries in the ejidos have less defined use rights, being viewed as largely “open access”. In particular, most feel that outsiders can fish in an ejido if they abide by local rules (notably not damaging the local water bodies, asking consent to fish, and having a friend or relative in the community). However, there are within-community differences in views concerning management and conservation, with those more dependent on fishing being more likely to support exclusion of outsiders.


Artisanal fisheries Indigenous fisheries Fisheries management Common property resources Community-based management 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management of Aquatic ResourcesEl Colegio de la Frontera SurChetumalMexico
  2. 2.Management Science/Environmental StudiesSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada

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