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Issue No:84
  • :0976 1121
  • :December
  • :2020

Samudra Report No.84, December 2020



Shared Success

Some valuable lessons—a replicable model—on protection of aquatic resources and small-scale fisheries

This article is by Than Thi Hien (, Nguyen Van Cong, Nguyen Xuan Huu and Vu Tran Ngoc Cam of the Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development (MCD), Hanoi, Vietnam

The term co-management has been researched in Vietnam since the 1990s. A number of pilot projects have been conducted to find appropriate distribution and management sharing responsibilities between the government and the community. April 25, 2019, was a crucial milestone because a dramatic change came into effect that day: Decree No. 26 on the implementation of co-management of fisheries resources, via Article 10 of the Fisheries Law of 2017.

Binh Dinh is a province located on the central coast, with a 134-km-long coastline. Eighty per cent of the local fisher population—owning 6,115 vessels—benefits from small-scale fishing in both inshore and offshore areas; it contributes 10 per cent of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP). However, overexploitation of fishery resources is now a major concern in the province due to its negative impacts on important ecosystems (like coral reefs and seagrass), and because it...

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