||A community-based ecosystem approach to fisheries management: guidelines for Pacific Island Countries
||These guidelines have been produced to describe how an EAF can be merged with community-based fisheries
management (CBFM) in PICs.
This merger of approaches is referred to in these guidelines as the community-based ecosystem approach to
fisheries management (CEAFM), and represents a combination of three different perspectives; namely, fisheries
management, ecosystem management and community-based management. CEAFM is the management
of fisheries, within an ecosystem context, by local communities working with government and other partners.
The main requirement for such a merger is the involvement of a broader range of stakeholders and access
to the expertise and experience of several government agencies in addition to a fisheries agency. CEAFM is
not seen as a replacement for current fisheries management but an extension that combines a high degree
of community and other stakeholder participation to minimise the impacts of fishing and other activities
on ecosystems. In addition to fishing activities, coastal ecosystems in many PICs are affected by excessive
shoreline development and by coastal waters that contain high levels of nutrients and silt.
CEAFM aims to involve the participation of community stakeholders to ensure that future generations of
Pacific Island people will continue to have access to the benefits associated with sustainable fisheries and
||Enabling environment for markets to improve livelihoods