Marine Protected Areas in the Canary Islands – Improving Their Governability

  1. José J. Pascual-Fernández 1
  2. Raquel De la Cruz Modino 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España


Governability of Fisheries and Aquaculture
  1. Maarten Bavinck (ed. lit.)
  2. Ratana Chuenpagdee (ed. lit.)
  3. Svein Jentoft (ed. lit.)
  4. Jan Kooiman (ed. lit.)

Publisher: springer

ISSN: 2212-6260 2212-6279

ISBN: 9789400761063 9789400761070

Year of publication: 2013

Pages: 219-240

Type: Book chapter

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6107-0_12 GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


MPAs are complex institutional arrangements that should be analyzed from a governance perspective taking into account the serious challenges posed about their capacity to cope with the problems of implementation or effectiveness. In this paper we emphasize the huge and diverse advantages of MPAs initiated by local communities. This trend is increasing lately with the involvement and demands of traditional users, such as artisanal fishers, requesting the implementation of marine reserves. Frequently, they want to ensure the sustainability of fishing activities and avoid the pitfalls of rising numbers of other users. In Spain, many of the latest proposals for Marine Reserves (MRs) were designed for this purpose by local fishers’ organizations in partnership with biologists and social scientists, and some of these initiatives learned precisely from the inception process of La Restinga MPA, the case we are analyzing in detail here.

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