To Make a Fishing Life: Community Empowerment in Small-Scale Fisheries in the Pearl Lagoon, Nicaragua

  • Miguel GonzálezEmail author


This chapter explores management from the perspective of a fishing ­community located in the Pearl Lagoon basin of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. The chapter seeks to address the following questions: How do fishing households in the Pearl Lagoon area respond to management plans designed by regional agencies and national authorities? How is poverty understood and experienced by fishing families and individuals? How is access to land – meaning securing land and aquatic rights – affecting the livelihoods of the people living in fishing communities of the area? Which coping strategies have people undertaken to reduce the vulnerability of their livelihoods?


Human Development Index Commercial Fishing Fishing Gear Livelihood Strategy Social Power 
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This chapter would not be possible without the invaluable assistance of Angie Martinez, my former sociology student at URACCAN, who generously introduced me to the people of Marshall Point. Along with Floyd Martin, they helped me conduct the interviews, provided valuable insights throughout the research process, and also offered comments to early versions of this chapter. Angela Fletes and Brenda Lopez provided support in data gathering through a household census. The community board as well as the fisherfolks’ cooperative of Marshall Point were supportive in all the phases of the research. Dennis Mairena (senior researcher, Centre for the Development of Indigenous Peoples, CADPI) offered advice on the socioeconomic and organizational dynamics of the Pearl Lagoon area. The initial research design benefitted greatly from conversations and intellectual exchanges with Svein Jentoft (Norwegian College of Fishery Science), and Camila Andreassen (PhD Candidate at the University of Tromsø). Georges Midre and Hector Andrade also provided substantial comments to early drafts of this chapter, and for that I am very grateful.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International Development Studies, Department of Social ScienceYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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