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This case study explores how conflicting global pressures to exploit and to conserve the fish and other resources of coastal Southeast Asia play out in a series of communities in the coastal zone of Palawan Island in the Philippines, where the residents' livelihoods depend on fishing. The account considers a government program to relieve fishing pressures by establishing marine protected areas and creating "alternative livelihoods," and shows how ethnicity, gender, and evangelical religious conversion each figure in changing household economic strategies and other local efforts to cope with relentless global forces.
List of Tables. List of Figures. Preface. 1. Southeast Asian Coastal Ecosystems in Distress. 2. San Vicente, a Coastal Philippine Municipality. 3. San Vicente and the Global Economy. 4. Making a Living in a Coastal Ecosystem. 5. Enter the Coastal Resource Management Project. 6. New Ways of Living. 7. Household Livelihoods and Conservation. Appendix A. Common Fish, Mangroves, and Sea Grasses in San Vicente. References Cited.