ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Strategy of Zoning in Marine Fisheries: Evidence from Kerala

During the 1970s and the 1980s Kerala's marine fisheries witnessed several distributional conflicts between the traditional and the modern fishing units. As a remedial measure, zoning was introduced which prohibited mechanised fishing in the inshore waters and proscribed mechanised fishing during monsoons. This study presents a theoretical analysis of the measure and analyses the available data to comprehend its impact upon fisheries. It finds that zoning has had a positive impact upon the resource distribution patterns, but that it would offer only a short-term solution if the larger problems are left unaddressed.

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