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Sportfisheries, conservation and sustainable livelihoods: a multidisciplinary guide to developing best practice


Barnett, A and Abrantes, KG and Baker, R and Diedrich, AS and Farr, M and Kuilboer, A and Mahony, T and McLeod, I and Moscardo, G and Prideaux, M and Stoeckl, N and van Luyn, A and Sheeaves, M, Sportfisheries, conservation and sustainable livelihoods: a multidisciplinary guide to developing best practice, Fish and Fisheries, 17 pp. 696-713. ISSN 1467-2960 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12140


Ecotourism ventures in developing countries are often among the few alternatives for enhancing sustainable livelihoods without altering traditional ways of life. The best way forward is to continually develop and implement best practice guidelines and, in particular, to flexibly develop them to suit individual cases. We conduct a multidisciplinary assessment of best practice guidelines required to develop and sustain sportfishing tourism in developing countries, while enhancing local livelihoods and promoting environmental stewardship. In general, best practice guidelines should be developed around a sustainable livelihood framework that includes short-term coping mechanisms and longer-term capacity building. Sportfishing development that conforms to ecological and socially orientated criteria, founded on site-specific research that captures local environmental and social complexities, has the potential to provide mutual benefits to tourists and local people, fuelling community development and enhancing the cultural experience of tourists. Best practice guidelines for sportfishing that do not address these dimensions are unlikely to result in a viable industry. Given the current interest and growth of sportfishing in developing countries, the proposed guidelines can help a range of end users manage, conserve and maximize livelihood benefits from their fishery.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecotourism, food security, payment ecosystem services, recreational fishing, sustainable livelihood, three pillars
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - recreational freshwater
UTAS Author:Stoeckl, N (Professor Natalie Stoeckl)
ID Code:137248
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:College Office - CoBE
Deposited On:2020-02-06
Last Modified:2020-06-12

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