Resolving Fisheries Conflicts in Sri Lanka

by Dianeetha Sadacharan, Univ of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA,
Kem Lowry, Jr., Univ of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI, USA,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87

Abstract: Sri Lanka's Coast Conservation Act appears to be the strongest piece of legislation governing the use of coastal resources among their world countries. The implementation coastal zone permit system mandated by the Act has placed the Coast Conservation Department at the center of attempts to resolve coastal resource use conflicts. Artisinal coastal fishing is an important traditional coastal industry in Sri Lanka which contributes significantly to fisheries production and employment in the country. During the last 10-15 years, conflicts between the fishing industry and other commercial and industrial users, including tourism, have increased dramatically. In the last few months, the Coast Conservation Department has begun to deal with coastal resource management conflicts involving traditional uses by applying various negotiation strategies. The paper referred to in this abstract examines the use of negotiation strategies in two specific conflicts involving fishing.

Subject Headings: Dispute resolution | Fish management | Coastal environment | Developing countries | Water-based recreation | Coastal management | Industries | Legislation | Asia | Sri Lanka

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