Adopting a social-ecological systems framework to assess the impacts of fishing activity on ecosystems and communities in the Arafura and Timor Seas region

Adopting a social-ecological systems framework to assess the impacts of fishing activity on ecosystems and communities in the Arafura and Timor Seas region

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My project aims to identify, understand and prioritise the social, ecological and economic drivers of the impacts of fishing activity on communities and ecosystems for improved resource management and coastal livelihoods. 

Using a small-scale artisanal coral reef fishery within a Marine Protected Area as a model system within a sustainable social-ecological systems framework, the research will address the following objectives:

  1. To identify key social and ecological indicators and assess the impact of fishing activity on these metrics;
  2. Compare differences in social and ecological indicators between user groups within and outside of the focal MPA to determine areas of MPA effectiveness and identify critical weaknesses from both social and ecological perspectives;
  3. Integrating opinions and knowledge of fishers and MPA science, identify best-case corrective interventions that could improve resource management to increase both livelihoods and ecological outcomes; and,
  4. Assess differential responses of indicators across SESs in different social contexts (e.g. distance to market, population density, relative contributions of subsistence and commercial fishing) to test robustness of indicators across communities and ecosystems.
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