Community-based management induces rapid recovery of a high-value tropical freshwater fishery
The authors quantify how a ‘win-win’ community-based resource management program has induced stock recovery of Arapaima gigas. Using stock assessment data, the paper focuses on understanding the effects of protected areas, community-based management, and landscape and limnological variables. Findings reveal that patterns of community management explain 71.8% of the variation in arapaima population sizes. The authors highlight that protected lakes have become analogous to a high-interest savings account which is greatly improving socioeconomic welfare.