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Dynamite fishing in northern Tanzania--pervasive, problematic and yet preventable.
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PMID:  19056095     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dynamite fishing, although illegal, has resurfaced in recent years as a major threat to the reefs of northern Tanzania. This is despite the fact that institutional arrangements for co-management of the inshore fisheries by local communities and the district governments have been put in place and, through a 12-year donor-funded programme, numerous activities undertaken to build capacity for effective fisheries management. The use of dynamite is having widespread negative impacts, including damage to the reefs and their long-term productivity, deterrence of tourism investors, and potential threat to the large population of coelacanths in the area. The dynamite fishers are able to continue, even though enforcement efforts have been stepped up, because they are members of influential families or otherwise well-connected. Previous similar cases in Tanzania, and examples from elsewhere in the world, suggest that a major initiative is now needed to develop a zero-tolerance approach on the part of fishers and local and national leaders, that will shame the dynamiters through peer pressure, promote full implementation of sanctions and penalties by the judiciary, and lead to public recognition of and support for the work of the enforcement agencies.
Sue Wells
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2008-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Marine pollution bulletin     Volume:  58     ISSN:  0025-326X     ISO Abbreviation:  Mar. Pollut. Bull.     Publication Date:  2009 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-12     Completed Date:  2009-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0260231     Medline TA:  Mar Pollut Bull     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anthozoa / physiology
Conservation of Natural Resources*
Fisheries / legislation & jurisprudence,  methods*,  statistics & numerical data
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