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Title:The Capacity of Fisherfolk to Implement Beach Management Units in Diani-Chale
Authors:Oluoch, S.J.
Obura, D.
Hussein, A.
Book title:Advances in Coastal Ecology: People, processes and ecosystems in Kenya
Editors:Hoorweg, J.
Muthiga, N.
City of publisher:Leiden
Publisher:African Studies Centre
Geographic term:Kenya
Resources - management of
Abstract:The management of the artisanal fisheries resources in Kenya has hitherto been the responsibility of the government with the stakeholders playing little or no part. At this moment in time, the Kenya Government is in the process of finalizing the Fisheries Regulations which, upon being gazetted, shall provide a legal framework for the operation of Beach Management Units (BMU); essentially local management units with which the Fisheries Department shall share fisheries management functions. However, a key consideration in such transfer of authority relates to the capacity and preparedness of the local management units concerned to handle the management responsibilities delegated to them. The structure and functions of fisher folk organizations present in Diani-Chale, Kenya, are examined to assess the capacity of fisher groups to adopt and undertake the functions detailed in the BMU regulations. There was a large gap between the expectations in the BMU Regulations and the capacity of the fisher organizations. The dominant issue was the lack of transparency in management of funds, conflicts between and among members of the groups and lack of tenure of the landing sites. A thorough analysis of the capacity of each group followed by training in BMU management and conflict resolution are recommended. (Source: Author Abstract).