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SATOUMI - Shiraho Community, Ishigaki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan

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Published on Aug 15, 2012

Satoumi is defined as marine and coastal landscapes that have been formed and maintained by prolonged interaction between humans and ecosystems. The essential elements of the Okinawan approach to satoumi include "commons" and "local rules". The former refers to resources that are shared and used by local people. The latter refers to resource use regulations that are autonomously determined by local communities.

Okinawa's satoumi is also characterized by ino — shallow, calm waters located between the offshore coral reefs where the waves break, and the shore. Since ancient times, the professional fishers have collected their catch in the outer seas, while village residents relied on the fishery resources of the ino inside the reefs as commons and have led a semi-agrarian, semi-fishing reliant lifestyle. This commons-type usage is practised even today, particularly in the outer Okinawan islands. Such is the case in the Shiraho Lagoon on Ishigaki Island in Okinawa's Yaeyama district.

See the full version of the "SATOUMI" documentary
http://youtu.be/4fj-iW60CGk

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