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View the PDF document Compliance and regulations in tuna fisheries in the Solomon Islands
Author: Mapuru, David
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.Com
Subject: Tuna fisheries -- Law and legislation -- Solomon Islands
Date: 2013
Call No.: pac KVC 813 .T84 M372 2013
BRN: 1194836
Copyright:40-60% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission

Abstract: One of the resources Pacific island countries have in abundant supply is tuna. The Ocean surrounding the island States supplied one third of the world’s tuna and between 40 to 50% of the raw materials for global canneries. The high concentration of tuna stock in the Western Central Pacific Ocean and the depletion of the resource in other oceans have attracted increased fishing activities in the region. This often involves high illegally unreported and unregulated fishing activities. Despite formulation of fisheries rules to control harvesting of tuna resources, illegal fishing continues to bloom. This thesis sets out to study this problem in the Solomon Islands’ fisheries. It aims to understand the reason why fishers continue to break rules. Four questions pursued are (1) What are the motives for breaking rules? (2) Under what conditions do fishers break rules? (3) Under what circumstances do fishers comply with rules? (4)What rules do fishers find difficult to follow and (5) What rules do they find easy? The methodology employed to help understand this problem was qualitative and the means of gathering information was through in-depth interviews with ex-fishers, current fishers of various ranks and other stakeholders. About thirty three personal interviews were conducted and two focus groups. The findings revealed that most fishers involved themselves in IUU fishing activities for economic gain. The goal to maximize their profits makes deterring such activities difficult. Besides, the research found that Solomon Islands has weak enforcement and low penalties. Additionally, politicians often compromise their decisions in favour of violators. These make countering IUU activities difficult. Theoretically, ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ by Garrett Hardins clearly explains if fishers continue to serve their interest every fishers will become worse off in the long run. Solomon Islands tuna fisheries is slowly moving into that direction if enforcement continues to be weak and fisher are not aware of this threat.
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