“It All Depends on the Lens, B’y”1: Local Ecological Knowledge and Institutional Science in an Expanding Finfish Aquaculture Sector
Apalpable lesson of resource management in the last twenty-five years is the necessity of meaningfully involving resource users in all elements of the management process. Whether the process is termed ‘co-management’ (Felt et al. 1997), collaborative governance (Paquet 2000) or any of several related terms, managerial devolvement is necessitated by the inadequacy of states to impose management from afar. If legitimacy and hence increased rule compliance is to occur, local resource users must understandmanagementinitiatives, considerthembeneficial as well as consistent with their knowledge of the resource and feel they have fully participated in their creationand adoption. An increasingly recognized benefit of such management ‘partnerships’ is the ability to utilize the extensive knowledge resource users have gained as a result of resource harvesting.
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