Marine Protected Areas and the Coral Reefs of Traditional Settlements in the Exumas, Bahamas

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/292439
Title:
Marine Protected Areas and the Coral Reefs of Traditional Settlements in the Exumas, Bahamas
Author:
Stoffle, Richard W.; Minnis, Jessica
Affiliation:
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizona; College of the Bahamas
Issue Date:
21-Jun-2007
Collection Information:
This item is part of the Richard Stoffle Collection. It was digitized from a physical copy provided by Richard Stoffle, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please email Special Collections, askspecialcollections@u.library.arizona.edu.
Publisher:
Coral Reefs
Abstract:
This paper is about modeling the perceived social impacts of three proposed marine protected areas (MPAs), each designed to protect coral reefs. The paper argues that shared perceptions of these impacts have resulted in divergent community-level responses to these MPA proposals. The study is uniquely situated in the Bahamas where the government has approved setting aside 30 No-take MPAs (including three under study here) to protect the coastal marine environment. The paper is based on 572 interviews conducted during eight Weld trips with members of six traditional settlements in the Exuma Islands and Cays in the central Bahamas. Overall, 34% of the census population of these settlements was interviewed at least once. Key Findings are that an MPA can impact in either positive or negative ways (a) community agency by the process of siting, (b) community resilience by eliminating or supporting some components of their traditional adaptations to social and natural environments, and (c) community identity by precluding or protecting customary marine access. MPA impacts to local communities determine whether those communities will support or resist proposed MPAs.
Keywords:
Marine protected areas; Social impact assessment; Bahamas; traditional communities

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.titleMarine Protected Areas and the Coral Reefs of Traditional Settlements in the Exumas, Bahamasen_US
dc.contributor.authorStoffle, Richard W.en_US
dc.contributor.authorMinnis, Jessicaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentBureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, University of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCollege of the Bahamasen_US
dc.date.issued2007-06-21-
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item is part of the Richard Stoffle Collection. It was digitized from a physical copy provided by Richard Stoffle, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. For more information about items in this collection, please email Special Collections, askspecialcollections@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.sourceUniversity of Arizona Libraries, Special Collectionsen_US
dc.publisherCoral Reefsen_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper is about modeling the perceived social impacts of three proposed marine protected areas (MPAs), each designed to protect coral reefs. The paper argues that shared perceptions of these impacts have resulted in divergent community-level responses to these MPA proposals. The study is uniquely situated in the Bahamas where the government has approved setting aside 30 No-take MPAs (including three under study here) to protect the coastal marine environment. The paper is based on 572 interviews conducted during eight Weld trips with members of six traditional settlements in the Exuma Islands and Cays in the central Bahamas. Overall, 34% of the census population of these settlements was interviewed at least once. Key Findings are that an MPA can impact in either positive or negative ways (a) community agency by the process of siting, (b) community resilience by eliminating or supporting some components of their traditional adaptations to social and natural environments, and (c) community identity by precluding or protecting customary marine access. MPA impacts to local communities determine whether those communities will support or resist proposed MPAs.en_US
dc.subjectMarine protected areasen_US
dc.subjectSocial impact assessmenten_US
dc.subjectBahamasen_US
dc.subjecttraditional communitiesen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/292439-
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