When People Get Along, Fish Thrive

WCS 3-Sentence Science


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1. Complex social-ecological interactions underpin many environmental problems. 
2. Drawing on comprehensive social and ecological data from five coral reef fishing communities in Kenya; including interviews with fishers, underwater visual census data of reef ecosystem condition, and time-series landings data; researchers show that positive ecological conditions are associated with ‘social-ecological network closure’ – i.e., fully linked and thus closed network structures between social actors and ecological resources. 
3. Results suggest that investments in building community capacity that focus on establishing communication, trust, and a shared understanding among direct resource competitors may improve ecological conditions in coral reef fisheries. 


Study and Journal:  "“Social-ecological alignment and ecological conditions in coral reefs”"   from  Nature Communications 
WCS Co-Author(s):  Tim McClanahan , WCS Marine Program

 

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