Date Awarded


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)


Virginia Institute of Marine Science


Includes supplementary digital materials.

Committee Member

James E. Kirkley


Community concerns regarding natural resource management may be addressed in several forms. The community may participate as part of the public in the management process; community concerns may be included in social impact assessment; and communities may directly participate as managers of resources whether on their own or in conjunction with higher levels of government. In fisheries, typically community concerns are addressed through social impact assessment which is perceived to be lacking in social theory, history, and often effect (Boggs 1994, Little and Krannich 1989). More recent activity and newer regulations show success with co-management, a management regime of shared responsibilities that is perceived to be based in social theory (McCay and Acheson 1987, Berkes et al 2001). Co-management requires specific situations to be in place for its institution, however (McCay 2002). This dissertation was undertaken to find a mechanism to assist communities in providing their concerns on management issues of area management and possible buybacks while meeting requirements of social theory and law. In the attempt, a social impact assessment based upon community-based co-management theory, an assessment of the potential of community-based co-management are generated.*. *This dissertation is a compound document (contains both a paper copy and a CD as part of the dissertation).



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