Fish diversity and traditional fishing methods in semiarid irrigated system in the Bajo Vinalopó region, Southeastern Spain

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Title: Fish diversity and traditional fishing methods in semiarid irrigated system in the Bajo Vinalopó region, Southeastern Spain
Authors: Belda, Antonio | Martínez Pérez, José Emilio | Seva Román, Eduardo | Zaragozí Zaragozí, Benito Manuel | Martín Cantarino, Carlos
Research Group/s: Ecología Espacial y del Paisaje (EEP) | Cambios Paleoambientales
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ecología | Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Game fish | Participatory GIS | Semiarid | Traditional fishing
Knowledge Area: Ecología
Issue Date: 18-Mar-2013
Publisher: JEBAS
Citation: Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences. 2013, 1(1): 16-25
Abstract: The aim of this paper is to obtain a comprehensive picture of the importance of the fish fauna in the wetlands and coastal lagoons of the Bajo Vinalopó region (Alicante, South eastern Spain) and the ecological, historical and cultural value of the traditional knowledge on fishing maintained by local people. We have compiled data from different information sources: (1) the revision of historical archives, (2) personal interviews and collaborative research, and (3) ecological and water quality data. The results show that the area sustains important fish fauna diversity (17 species) and that local people have inherited a considerable traditional knowledge on fishing methods (11 modalities), on the maintenance and sound management of the water system and on the ecology and behaviour of fish. We conclude that a comprehensive consideration of all these ecological, historical and socio-cultural aspects related to fish and fishing shows clearly the value of this ecological and cultural heritage and provides a necessary base for a sustainable management of the area.
Sponsor: This study has been included conducted within the ambit of the WADI Project (INCO2003-MPC2-015226) and financed by the European Commission.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/35151
ISSN: 2320-8694
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © Journal of Experimental Biology and Agricultural Sciences
Peer Review: si
Publisher version: http://www.jebas.org/III.html
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