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dc.creatorAbernethy, K.E.
dc.creatorAllison, E.H.
dc.creatorMolloy, P.P.
dc.creatorCôté, I.M.
dc.identifier.citationCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64(11):1595-1604
dc.description.abstractWe used the theory of the ideal free distribution (IFD) as a framework to understand the mechanisms underlying fishing site selection by Anguillian artisanal fishers exploiting shallow-water coral reefs. Contrary to the predictions of IFD, fishers did not distribute themselves so that average reward was equal among fishers using different fishing methods or among fishers using the same method. In addition, fishing pressure did not increase with resource availability. Key assumptions of the IFD were not met. The distribution of Anguillian fishers was not "ideal" because lack of knowledge prevented fishers from choosing fishing grounds with the greatest rewards. Not all fishers sought to maximise profit. In addition, all fishers were not "free" to distribute themselves among reefs owing to variation in social, economic, and physical characteristics of fishers that constrained fisher movements and ability to extract resources. This study shows that as a null model the IFD is useful to frame studies designed to gain detailed insights into the complexity and dynamics of a small-scale fishery. Alongside ecological data, this framework may inform efficient and effective development of reef and fishery management practice.
dc.publisherNational Research Council of Canada
dc.sourceCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
dc.titleWhy do fishers fish where they fish? Using the ideal free distribution to understand the behaviour of artisanal reef fishers
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.bibliographicCitationAbernethy, K.E. et al. (2007). Why do fishers fish where they fish? Using the ideal free distribution to understand the behaviour of artisanal reef fishers. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 64(11):1595-1604
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.subject.agrovoccoral reefs
cg.subject.agrovocsmall-scale fisheries
cg.subject.worldfishreef fisheries
cg.subject.worldfishsmall-scale fishers
cg.identifier.statusLimited access
cg.identifier.ISIindexedISI indexed
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorAllison, E.H.
cg.description.themeResilient small-scale fisheries

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