Enhancing the Stewardship in Trat Bay, Eastern Thailand: A Transdisciplinary Exercise

  • Suvaluck SatumanatpanEmail author
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
  • Wichin Suebpala
  • Thamasak Yeemin
  • Kungwan Juntarashote
Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 21)


Small-scale fisheries often exist among other activities, such as large-scale fisheries, urban development, tourism industry, and transportation that may be competing for resources and/or for space. To a varying degree, and depending on the practices, all of these activities affect the health of ecosystems and contribute to degradation of the environment. This is particularly problematic in ecologically important and biologically sensitive areas. Governance of the multiple-use system is challenging because of the complexity of the problem and the general lack of data to determine the levels of impacts. Further, sectors may disagree about what causes degradation and will likely support interventions that have the least consequences on their activities. Sectors that are not well organized and have little political influence or economic power are prone to being disadvantaged by decisions that inhibit their opportunity for viable livelihoods. Small-scale fisheries frequently fall into this category, despite the fact that impacts from their practices may be less than other sectors. Importantly, insufficient consideration is given to the social and cultural connectivity that small-scale fisheries have to their surroundings and the importance of such connectivity on conservation and stewardship. A holistic perspective and innovative thinking are required to level the playing field for all sectors and stakeholders and to encourage collaboration and synergies. The chapter presents a case study of Trat Bay in the east coast of Thailand as an exercise in transdisciplinarity to enhance interactions and discuss stewardship options in the area.


Stewardship Small-scale fisheries Interactive governance Transdisciplinary Royal Ordinance on fisheries Coastal pollution Thailand 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suvaluck Satumanatpan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ratana Chuenpagdee
    • 2
  • Wichin Suebpala
    • 3
  • Thamasak Yeemin
    • 4
  • Kungwan Juntarashote
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Environment and Resources StudiesMahidol UniversityNakorn PathomThailand
  2. 2.Department of GeographyMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  3. 3.Marine Biodiversity Research Group, Faculty of SciencesRamkhamhaeng UniversityBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Marine Science Association of Thailand, Faculty of SciencesRamkhamhaeng UniversityBangkokThailand
  5. 5.Department of Fisheries ManagementKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand

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