Participatory Socioeconomic Analysis: Drawing on fishermen’s knowledge for marine protected area planning in California
Authors: Astrid Scholz (Ecotrust), Kate Bonzon (Environmental Defense), Rod Fujita (Environmental Defense), Natasha Benjamin (Institute for Fisheries Resources), Nicole Woodling, Peter Black (Environmental Defense), Charles Steinback (Ecotrust)
September 4, 2003
The purpose of this pilot study was to test the utility of geospatial analysis tools for eliciting and integrating fishermen’s1 knowledge into marine protected area (MPA) planning processes in California, United States. A participatory design yielded 30 local knowledge interviews that were coded for socioeconomic and biodiversity information. The resulting information is useful in understanding past conflicts around MPA siting proposals and for identifying likely sources of agreement and disagreement. Products include a protocol for rapid socioeconomic assessment; a database of fishermen’s knowledge and information; and a geographic information system for further use in California’s MPA planning process.
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