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Traditional Information Bulletin #09

Number 09 - February 1998



Group Co-ordinator and Bulletin Editor:
Kenneth Ruddle, Asahigaoka-cho 7-22-511, Ashiya-shi, Hyogo-ken, Japan 659-0012.

Information Section, Marine Resources Division, SPC, B.P. D5, 98848 Noumea Cedex, New Caledonia. Fax: (687) 263818

Produced with financial assistance from Australia, France and New Zealand.

Note from the editor

This issue is devoted to methodology. In the first article Mark Calamia, a doctoral candidate in Anthopology at the University of Colorado, describes a general methodology for documenting indigenous knowledge of Pacific Island coral reef biogeography, and for developing a conceptual framework on how to adapt this information to a Geographic Information System (GIS) database.

In the second, Professor R.T Greene, a management specialist with many years of both corporate and university experience, and now at Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan, describes ‘Community Quality Cabarets’. This is a tool that allows communities to recover parts of their own tradition while inventing new culture components for dealing with present challenges. Its use in a traditional fishing community culture on Majuro is reported, and how it can be applied to build bridges among stakeholders in conflict within communities described.

Finally, we draw your attention to two important new items of literature published in 1998. These are:

•‘Introduction to the special issue on a modern role for traditional coastal-marine resource management systems in the Pacific Islands.’ In: Ocean & Coastal Management vol. 40, nos. 2—3, pp. 99—270,(1998). Edited by Kenneth Ruddle, and

•‘Customary Marine Tenure in Australia.’ In: Oceania Monograph 48. Sydney: University of Sydney, 1998 (price not indicated). Edited by Nicolas Peterson and Bruce Rigsby.

This is the second issue of this Information Bulletin available on-line. As resources permit, all earlier issues will gradually be made available that way. Stay on-line!

Kenneth Ruddle


What's in a name? An analysis of the West Nggela (Solomon Islands) fish taxonomy
Foale S. (pdf: 190 KB)
The use of optimal foraging theory to assess the fishing strategies of Pacific Island artisanal fishers: A methodological review
Aswani S. (pdf: 113 KB)
Native title recognition of CMT and the implications for the GBRMPA and future management of marine areas
Lahn J. (pdf: 97 KB)

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