The most important aspect of Community Fisheries Management is the participation of customary rights holders. Without their consent, community fisheries management initiatives will fail.
The most basic plan is a verbal one such as the traditional tabu. However, a basic written management plan can have the following.
- Goals and objectives
- A Management Committee
- Management Rules
For further reading on how to develop a basic community fisheries management plan, download Guide and information sheets for fishing communities – leaflet: Community resource management
Under the Fisheries Management Act 2015
If your community is ready to register your marine managed area under the Fisheries Management Act 2015, the management committee must ensure the following requirements under the Act are included or checked before submission to the Director of MFMR and the Provincial Executive. Developing your Community Fisheries Management Plan under the Act will require technical support from MFMR or partner organisations.
- Goals/objectives of management
- Description of the fishery
- Management measures
- Monitoring, reporting, assessment and revisions
- Enforcement powers and authorities
- Commitment by the relevant community, customary owners of fisheries resources and fishing rights and other relevant stakeholders
For detailed requirements refer to the CBRM Toolkit and the Fisheries Management Act 2015
For further reading on community facilitation of the management process refer to Community-Based Marine Resource Management in Solomon Islands: A facilitators guide. Download this guide from www.worldfishcenter.org