improvements in the technology available to fishing fleets and the fast rise in the human population and its purchasing power.
“These rights are for all the people in that community but the hope is that communities that are reasonably homogenous so they may be able to overcome the common property problem and install, enforce and maintain their own fisheries management system.”
He added that fishermen, on the whole, were recognising the benefits of this shift in the management regimes but a potential hurdle remained.
“The problem they are facing is that before you get the gains, you have to rebuild the fish stocks,” he told BBC News.
“You have to cut back on fishing and allow the fish stocks to rebuild. During this interval, there will be fewer catches and less profit – the benefits appear later.
“The global community – in the guise of the UN, World Bank etc – is keen to move the world in this direction, so I am optimistic and I think things are moving in the right direction.”