Sustainable Sport Fishery Development for Palau
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GRANT NUMBER:  NA77FD0043          NMFS NUMBER:  96-SWR-057

REPORT TITLE:  Sustainable Sport Fishery Development for Palau: Demonstration Project

AUTHOR:  Marc L. Miller

PUBLISH DATE: April 2000

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Area Office, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-4700.  TELEPHONE:  (808) 973-2937, ext. 205


The overarching goals of this project were to develop a sport fishery that (1) targets small-scale fishermen, (2) is compatible with sustainable ecotourism, and (3) helps provide for the conservation and best use of Palau's inshore resources. Primary goals included (1) the organization of fishermen and tourism brokers in a sport fishery system; (2) the testing, evaluation, and improvement of the system; and (3) the provision of assistance to Palauan states in the management of their inshore resources. Demonstration objectives included (1) the creation of a new occupational niche for fishermen, (2) the development of a training program for fishermen and tourism brokers, and (3) field trials of the sport fishery system. Institutional objectives included assistance (1) to national and state leaders in the implementation of sport fishery laws and policies and (2) to tourism leaders in the design of marketing materials and strategies. These goals and objectives were attained. The demonstration project was successful in providing an avenue for diversification. The implication of these results is that the overarching goals remain viable and show promise of being attained as demonstration and institutional objectives are supplanted by sport fishery system refinement objectives in a supplementary project.

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