The study, carried out by Blue Ventures’ staff and volunteers across five no take zones in the Velondriake Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA), found that conservation efforts spearheaded by local communities rather than by governments and outside authorities can increase the size of fish populations. These results provide compelling evidence of the effectiveness of LMMAs, and the critical role they can play in achieving conservation outcomes through a human rights-based approach.
Extensive scientific research into the conservation outcomes of LMMAs is minimal, yet the benefits to small-scale fishers and isolated fishing communities are well documented. In the article, the study’s lead author, Hannah Gilchrist, states how communities are able to enforce restrictions because they feel a sense of ownership and that poaching is unlikely to occur in locally managed sites.
By supporting this practice based knowledge of the benefits of LMMAs for fishers with the results of the study, the case for growing the global community conservation movement becomes increasingly more robust.
Read the full article in Mongabay ‘Evidence that fish flourish in a community-managed marine area offers hope’
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