Myths, Models and Managers of Marine Resources

by A. V. Margavio, Univ of New Orleans, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


This paper argues that the assumptions of scientific models are often accepted without verification. Examining the use of Hardin's tragedy of the commons model in the management of marine resources, I focus on the mythical elements that have been accepted as scientific facts. Drawing upon the lessons learned from an investigation of the TEDs conflict, I point out how an understanding of fundamental sociological concepts can aid in correcting myths. Implications for management are explored.

Subject Headings: Managers | Social factors | Verification | Resource management | Wildlife | Coastal management | Louisiana | United States

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