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Using Local Beach Management Units in Tanzania
United Republic of Tanzania

With support from the World Bank, the Tanzanian government created local beach management units to improve local fisheries management. The project’s goal was to stop detrimental fishing practices, such as using poison or dynamite, by increasing community involvement in surveillance and management of the fisheries. The local beach management unit members were not deputized or given legal powers, but identified suspects to enforcement agencies. According to local fishery managers, these efforts have reduced illegal fishing practices such as using poison and dynamite.

Keywords:
artisanal fishery, fisheries management, illegal fishing, Public participation, Stakeholder engagement