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By Natalie Prinz. After having the opportunity to present at the Indo-Pacific Fish Conference on the island of Tahiti early in October, thanks to a grant by the CRIOBE, I could expand my stay in the South Pacific to travel another three hours westwards, back to the Cook Islands. The …

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Multiple Drivers of Local (Non-) Compliance in Community-Based Marine Resource Management: Case Studies from the South Pacific

  Compliance is key to successful resource management. But what influences compliance behavior with marine resource management in fishing communities in the South Pacific? The social, political and economic contexts are decisive. Our study reveals multiple drivers for non-compliance related to perceptions of limited legitimacy of rules and rule-makers, market …

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Let’s talk about food! Master Project on supplementary feeding of reef fish by tourism in the lagoon of Aitutaki, Cook Islands

By Natalie Prinz, ISATEC student at the University of Bremen and the ZMT. A 18km2 small near-atoll named Aitutaki was “home” from October 2016 till March 2017, one of 15 islands of the self-governing island country, the Cook Islands. The island is known for its 50km2 large, very shallow (deepest …

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Bright spots for the future of coral reefs: New insights into fish biomass on coral reefs

Coral reefs are a food source for millions of people in the tropics, but many do not deliver the expected catch any more. What influences fish abundance in these environments? An international team of 39 researchers explored this question on 2,500 reefs in 46 countries and collected a tremendous amount …

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