Governance and Governability

The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia

James Prescott, James Riwu, Dirk Steenbergen, Natasha Ellen Tanya Stacey

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    Abstract

    Rote is Indonesia’s southern-most island with a population of approximately 128,000 people. Largely unregulated small-scale fisheries are integral to local livelihood strategies. Local catches are highly diverse, which reflects regional biodiversity and mixed fishing strategies. Rote’s four mile coastal marine zone open to local small-scale fisheries is porous, resulting in competition against fishers from outside the district. Beyond these four miles local fishers compete against large-scale fishing operations for declining resources. To maintain fisheries sustainability and improve fishing-dependant livelihoods, improved governance is needed. Aligning with the interactive governance framework, this chapter examines a small-scale purse seine fishery operating around Rote waters, looking in particular at the implications of governance change through a coherent, carefully prioritized, reform scheme of investment and management. We argue that the major challenges to effective governance frameworks for small-scale fisheries in Rote include: (i) poor information flow that impedes new discourses on the comparative advantages of alternative arrangements leaving governing bodies consistently confronted by wicked problems; (ii) local attitudes towards compliance with fisheries laws and a limited capacity for enforcement; and (iii) a hierarchical governance system characterized by insecure tenure and competing governance priorities. We also present and argue for some likely pathways to improved governance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInteractive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections
    EditorsSvein Jentoft, Ratana Chuenpagdee
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherSpringer
    Chapter4
    Pages61-84
    Number of pages24
    Volume13
    ISBN (Print)978-3-319-17033-6
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Prescott, J., Riwu, J., Steenbergen, D., & Stacey, N. E. T. (2015). Governance and Governability: The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia. In S. Jentoft, & R. Chuenpagdee (Eds.), Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections (Vol. 13, pp. 61-84). Switzerland: Springer.
    Prescott, James ; Riwu, James ; Steenbergen, Dirk ; Stacey, Natasha Ellen Tanya. / Governance and Governability : The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia. Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections. editor / Svein Jentoft ; Ratana Chuenpagdee. Vol. 13 Switzerland : Springer, 2015. pp. 61-84
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    Prescott, J, Riwu, J, Steenbergen, D & Stacey, NET 2015, Governance and Governability: The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia. in S Jentoft & R Chuenpagdee (eds), Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections. vol. 13, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 61-84.

    Governance and Governability : The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia. / Prescott, James; Riwu, James; Steenbergen, Dirk; Stacey, Natasha Ellen Tanya.

    Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections. ed. / Svein Jentoft; Ratana Chuenpagdee. Vol. 13 Switzerland : Springer, 2015. p. 61-84.

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    Prescott J, Riwu J, Steenbergen D, Stacey NET. Governance and Governability: The Small-Scale Purse Seine Fishery in Palau Rote, Eastern Indonesia. In Jentoft S, Chuenpagdee R, editors, Interactive Governance for Small-Scale Fisheries Global Reflections. Vol. 13. Switzerland: Springer. 2015. p. 61-84