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A theory of scaling for community-based fisheries management

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Community-based approaches to fisheries management has emerged as a mainstream strategy to govern dispersed, diverse and dynamic small scale fisheries. However, amplifying local community led sustainability outcomes remains an enduring challenge. We seek to fill a theoretical gap in the conceptualization of ���scaling up community-based fisheries management���. We draw on literature of agriculture innovations to provide a framework that takes into account process-driven and structural change occurring across multiple levels of governance, as well as different phases of scaling. We hypothesize that successful scaling requires engagement with all aspects of a governing regime, coalescing a range of actors, and therefore, is an enterprise that is larger than its parts. To demonstrate where the framework offers value, we illustrate the development of community-based fisheries management in Vanuatu according to the framework���s main scaling dimensions.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Published In


Citation


  • Steenbergen, D. J., Song, A. M., & Andrew, N. (2022). A theory of scaling for community-based fisheries management. Ambio, 51(3), 666-677. doi:10.1007/s13280-021-01563-5

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85107406328

Start Page


  • 666

End Page


  • 677

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • Community-based approaches to fisheries management has emerged as a mainstream strategy to govern dispersed, diverse and dynamic small scale fisheries. However, amplifying local community led sustainability outcomes remains an enduring challenge. We seek to fill a theoretical gap in the conceptualization of ���scaling up community-based fisheries management���. We draw on literature of agriculture innovations to provide a framework that takes into account process-driven and structural change occurring across multiple levels of governance, as well as different phases of scaling. We hypothesize that successful scaling requires engagement with all aspects of a governing regime, coalescing a range of actors, and therefore, is an enterprise that is larger than its parts. To demonstrate where the framework offers value, we illustrate the development of community-based fisheries management in Vanuatu according to the framework���s main scaling dimensions.

Publication Date


  • 2022

Published In


Citation


  • Steenbergen, D. J., Song, A. M., & Andrew, N. (2022). A theory of scaling for community-based fisheries management. Ambio, 51(3), 666-677. doi:10.1007/s13280-021-01563-5

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85107406328

Start Page


  • 666

End Page


  • 677

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication