Coastal Resource Management Connected by Marine Protected Area Networks

  • Shinichiro KakumaEmail author
  • Jokim Kitolelei
Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)


In tropical and subtropical zones, the majority of people live along the coastline, relying on coastal fishery resources to make their livings. Yet, over fishing is deteriorating these resources, and coral and mangrove ecosystems that underpin the resources are threatened. Recently, though, attention is turning to marine protected areas (MPAs) as a method to effectively preserve ecosystems and manage fishery resources. In this chapter, we introduce two cases concerning Okinawa and Fiji, to show how community-based MPA approaches were activated by bilateral knowledge translators, as well as how specific processes were used to develop a broader framework. In the five types of Okinawan MPAs established with fishery cooperative associations (FCAs) at their core, prefectural fisheries extension officers and researchers are proving helpful as bilateral translators in effective management of resources. In Fiji, activities are incorporated into an international framework, with an MPA network system spreading rapidly. And, in Fiji as well, various bilateral translators are active in managing coastal resources.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Okinawa Prefectural Deep Sea Water Research CenterKumejimachoJapan
  2. 2.Research Institute for Humanity and NatureKyotoJapan

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