Island Futures pp 125-137 | Cite as

Changing Coastal Commons in a Sub-Tropical Island Ecosystem, Yaeyama Islands, Japan

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This chapter explores community-based marine resource management (CBRM) in a coral reef system in the Yaeyama Islands, part of Okinawa prefecture, located at the southwestern-most region of Japan. Particular attention is paid to the traditional small-scale tidal stone weir (TSW) fishing technique used over the past several hundred years. Although the technique was largely abandoned in the 1970s, and has been absent from the islands by 2007, one particular community on Ishigaki Island in Yaeyama has recently recovered the technique as part of a program to enhance community-based coral reef conservation and resource management. This chapter seeks to examine the significance of this recent revitalization of traditional TSW fishing in light of the notion of local commons.


Coral Reef Local Common Marine Resource Fishing Ground Editorial Committee 
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The author is particularly grateful to Mr. Kinsei Ishigaki (for advice and ­collaboration), Dr. Kenji Kajiwara (for fieldtrip assistance and cooperation), Dr. Masahito Kamimura and Mr Seikoh Kuroshima (for advice and suggestions). Financial assistance from the Joint Study Program on Sato-yama and Sato-umi (project chair: Professor Watanabe, Keio University) is gratefully acknowledged.


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  1. 1.Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)KyotoJapan

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