The Human Side of Reef Management: A Case Study Analysis of the Socioeconomic Framework of Montego Bay Marine Park

The Human Side of Reef Management: A Case Study Analysis of the Socioeconomic Framework of Montego Bay Marine Park

Primary Country: Jamaica
Ecosystem: coral reef
Sample Value Estimates:
Net annual Fisheries income in Montego Bay, Jamaica
  1. $3,000 - 4,500 / fisher / year: to subsistence or small scale commercial
  2. $1,134,000 - 1,701,000 / year: in aggregate
Methodology: multiple
Region: Americas
Data source: NOAA's Coral Reef Valuation Database

Publication information

Bunce, L. Gustavson, K.Williams, J.Miller, M. “The Human Side of Reef Management: A Case Study Analysis of the Socioeconomic Framework of Montego Bay Marine Park” Coral Reefs, 18, 369-380., 1999

Addtional Notes

Document and database analysis, interviews, focus groups, a telephone survey, and participant observation. Interviewees were representatives of or knowledgeable of the different groups. They are not a stratified sample. Of the fishers, 9.3% (35 of 378) of the population were sample were sampled, for watersports operators, 5.5% (11 of 200), and for Hoteliers, 0.09% (6 of 6400).Journal

Bunce, L.//Gustavson, K.//Williams, J.//Miller, M.

1999

The Human Side of Reef Management: A Case Study Analysis of the Socioeconomic Framework of Montego Bay Marine Park

This article is a repeat of the report by Kent and Gustavson as part of the World Bank Research Committee Project # RPO 681-05.

Coral Reefs

1999

18

Springer-Verlagpp. 369-380

Marine Park/Reef Management/Socioeconomic/Montego Bay/Jamaica

This study furthers our understanding of the role of socioeconomics in coral reef management by demonstrating the importance, as well as means, of incorporating socioeconomic information into coral reef management. A case study analysis was made of groups in Montego Bay Marine Park, Jamaica: fisher, hoteliers and watersports operators. The primary means of data collection were document analysis interviews with individuals representative of user groups, focus groups and participant observation. The results regarding user's awareness, user groups' relations with the managing agency, relations among and within user groups, resource use pattern, and sociocultural values demonstrate the need to: increase public awareness of the benefits of the Park, increase user awareness of Park management activities, increase user involvement in Park management, and develop intersectoral coordination. These findings provide useful guidance for future park management and, in a amore general context, illustrate the importance of socioeconomic assessments for reef management.

This study reports on the results of interviews with three user groups: fishers, watersports operators, and hoteliers. Various socioeconomic elements were compiled and reported.

Montego Bay Jamaica

Coral Reef

Fishing, Watersports and Hotel Operation

Original data collection.

1997

Fishers (subsistence or small scale commercial) average yearly individual net income US$3,000 TO US$4,500. Translates to total net income of US$1,134,000 TO US$1,701,000. No information was presented on watersports operators income in this study. This information cannot be easily separated from hotel revenue. The same is true of the hotel industry.The data were collected through five principal means: document and database analysis, interviews, focus groups, a telephone survey, and participant observation.

This incorporated a "Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA)" methodology. This study did not purport to estimate market or nonmarket economic values.

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Fishers, Watersports operators, Hoteliers.

Interviewees were representatives of or knowledgeable of the different groups. They are not a stratified sample. Of the fishers, 9.3% (35 of 378) of the population were sample were sampled, for watersports operators, 5.5% (11 of 200), and for Hoteliers, 0.09% (6 of 6400).

Peter C. Wiley

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