Regionalism in marine biology: The convergence of ecology, economics and politics in South Africa.

McQuaid, C.D. and Payne, A.I.L. (1998) Regionalism in marine biology: The convergence of ecology, economics and politics in South Africa. South African Journal of Science, 94 (9). pp. 433-436. ISSN 0038-2353

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The South African coast includes biogeographic provinces which are quite distinct in their abilities to sustain exploitation and in the types of exploitation they experience. As a result, no single region can act as a model for the management of living resources around the entire coast. Instead, appropriate management must rest on regionally based research. Past research in marine biology focused on the west coast with much less attention being given to the east and south coasts, where non-commercial, subsistence-level fisheries predominate. A partial decentralisation of research focus is essential. This requires commitment from national-level research bodies and some certainty about at least medium-term funding. This paper addresses the convergence of ecology, economics and politics in South Africa and illustrates the direct relevance that fundamental or basic research can have to socioeconomic problems. Recruitment of the resource; Geographical variation in biological processes; State of research policy; Promise of regulations.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:ecology and economics, ecology and political science, marine resources, Marine Living Resources Act, South Africa
Subjects:Y Unknown > Subjects to be assigned
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Science > Zoology & Entomology
ID Code:574
Deposited By: Ms Vivien Botha
Deposited On:31 May 2007
Last Modified:06 Jan 2012 16:18
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