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Shellfishing, Eider Ducks, and Nature Conservation on the Wash: Questions Raised by a Fractured Partnership

Roberts, Thomas, Jones, Peter J. S. (2009) Shellfishing, Eider Ducks, and Nature Conservation on the Wash: Questions Raised by a Fractured Partnership. Society & Natural Resources, 22 (6). pp. 538-553. ISSN 0894-1920. (doi:10.1080/08941920802029706) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:28703)

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This article examines the state of current approaches to the governance of common pool resources (CPRs), the impacts of the recent emergence of the partnership paradigm, and the consequences for the management of CPRs. These issues are explored through a case study of the Wash European Marine Site partnership, where a Public Inquiry recently upheld the refusal of the conservation agency to grant mussel cultivators permission to scare eider ducks off their lays using sonic bird-scaring devices. As a result, the relationship between the conservation agency and the mussel cultivators has been severely damaged, causing a “fracturing” of the partnership. Through this case study the article explores the contradictions involved in statutory partnerships and asks if it is possible to use partnerships to empower local communities while the state remains in overall control.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/08941920802029706
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Thomas Roberts
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 12:11 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:07 UTC
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