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GRANT NUMBER:  NA37FD0521-01           NMFS NUMBER:  92-SWR-057

REPORT TITLE:  Small Scale Sustainable Sport Fishery Development for Palau: Assessment, Strategy and Consensus-Building

AUTHOR:  Idechong, Noah; Palau Conservation Society, via contract for the Division of Marine Resources, Bureau of Natural Resources and Development, Ministry of Resources and Development, Republic of Palau

PUBLISH DATE:  October 1996

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Regional Office, 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4018.  PHONE: (562) 980-4033

ABSTRACT

The overarching goals of this project were to develop a sustainable sport fishery in Palau that (1) targeted small scale fishermen, (2) was compatible with sustainable ecotourism, and (3) helped provide for the conservation and "best use" of Palau's inshore fishery resources.  Primary objectives included (1) the assessment of the conditions in Palau pertinent to the inshore sport fishery development, and (2) the design of a strategy to introduce a sportfishing system.  A facilitating objective concerned consensus building between fishermen, leaders in the fishing and tourism sectors, and government officials. These project goals and objectives were attained.   Sport fishery development was determined to be feasible and positively viewed by Palauans.  A sport fishery strategy was developed to be used in the implementation of an economic diversification program.  The project also lead to the introduction of national legislation related to sport fishery development in Palau.

 
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