Adapting to environmental change in artisanal fisheries—Insights from a South Indian Lagoon

Coulthard, Sarah (2008) Adapting to environmental change in artisanal fisheries—Insights from a South Indian Lagoon. Global Environmental Change, 18 (3). pp. 479-489. ISSN 0959-3780

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.04.003

Abstract

Despite international focus on how to facilitate adaptation to climate change, a good deal of adaptation will, inevitably, be enacted by households and communities at the local level. This paper provides an account of adaptation among villages in a south Indian fishery. Pulicat lagoon is presented as a system of dynamic environmental trends and shocks. An analysis of livelihood diversification, illustrates that some households are more adaptable to environmental change than others. Unexpectedly, it is not the poorest who are the least able to adapt, but rather fishers who have become locked into an overly specialised fishery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fisheries; Adaptation; Common property; Lagoon management
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
T300 South Asian studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2013 08:52
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2016 08:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/12378

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