Artisanal Fishermen Contribution for the Integrated and Sustainable Coastal Management - Application of Strategic SWOT Analysis

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This study evaluates the contribution of artisanal fishermen that live in small-scale fishing communities, for the coastal integrated and sustainable management. Generally, there is almost no dialogue between these professionals of the small-scale fishing, the scientific community, the technical experts, as well as policy-makers related with the coastal areas management. This conjuncture compromises the implementation of integrated and sustainable management plans, for which this study should contribute. The approach was performed as an interdisciplinary exercise, essentially using qualitative methods; it was based on a dialogal methodology, the interview, semi-structured, directed to a panel of privileged informers. The small-scale fishing communities studied have different frameworks and are located in several NUTS II of the Portuguese territory. The Strategic SWOT Analysis was performed to the categories which emerged from the qualitative content analysis of the interviews. The study of the categories "Artisanal fishermen" and "Associativism" allowed their characterization and the establishment of Strategic Recommendations and Strategy Supporting the Political Decision-making related with integrated and sustainable coastal development. When included in feasibility studies, the artisanal fishermen's proposals can permit the implementation and execution of management plans, more efficient and connected to the reality; in the present case, an inclusive perspective to the littoral integrated and sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd International Geography Symposium (GEOMED 2013)
EditorsR. Efe, M. Ozturk, I. Atalay
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2014
Event3rd International Geography Symposium (GEOMED 2013) - Antalaya, Turkey
Duration: 10 Jun 201313 Jun 2013
Conference number: 3rd

Publication series

NameProcedia Social and Behavioral Sciences
PublisherElsevier Science B.V.
ISSN (Print)1877-0428


Conference3rd International Geography Symposium (GEOMED 2013)
Abbreviated titleGEOMED 2013


  • Artisanal Fishermen
  • Integrated and Sustainable Coastal Management
  • Small-scale Fishing Communities Resilience
  • Strategy Supporting the Political Decision-making
  • SWOT Analysis


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  • Project award (MARHE project, MQE)

    António Brandão Moniz (Chair), Ana Rapaz Ramos (Recipient), Ilona Kovács (Recipient), Manuel Mira Godinho (Recipient), Gilberta Rocha (Recipient), António Oliveira das Neves (Recipient), Manuel Coelho (Recipient) & Luis Correia (Recipient)

    Jan 1996Dec 1999

    Activity: OtherTypes of Award - Fellowship awarded competitively

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