Kitolelei, Salanieta, Soderberg, Alisi, Qaqara, Nemillie, Prakash, Shritika S., Tuiono, Malakai, Veitayaki, Joeli and Piovano, Susanna (2022) Conservation status and cultural values of sea turtles leading to (un)written parallel management systems in Fiji. Ambio, 51 (12). pp. 2431-2444. DOI

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Globally and locally, conservationists and scientists work to inform policy makers to help recovery of endangered sea turtle populations. In Fiji, in the South Pacific, sea turtles are protected by the national legislation because of their conservation status, and are also a customary iTaukei resource. Centered on our interview-based study at Qoma and Denimanu villages, parallel management systems coexist, where both the (written) national legislation and the (unwritten) customary iTaukei rules determine the time and the quantity of sea turtle harvest. In addition, non-governmental organizations and academic institutions may influence local sea turtle management by providing scientific awareness and helping divert the economic values from the meat to the living animal. We suggest that the government and non-governmental organizations emphasize community management of sea turtles, and work alongside the customary chiefs and their fishing clans to understand the real harvest (eventually by allowing quotas) and to monitor the recovery of South Pacific sea turtles in Fijian waters.

Document Type: Article
Programme Area: PA4
Research affiliation: Affiliations > Not ZMT
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
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ISSN: 0044-7447
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2023 09:39
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2023 09:39

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