About the Authors

Richard Cudney-Bueno


Affiliations School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America, Institute of Marine Sciences, Long Marine Laboratories, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, California, United States of America, Centro Intercultural de Estudios de Desiertos y Océanos, Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, México

Xavier Basurto

Affiliations Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America, Duke Marine Lab, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America

Competing Interests

In June 2008, Cudney-Bueno began working with the Conservation and Science Program of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, one of the organizations that helped fund this study. However, this occured four years after research took place and none of the activities with the Foundation have been associated with the work that is presented in the paper submitted.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RCB. Performed the experiments: RCB. Analyzed the data: RCB XB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RCB. Wrote the paper: RCB XB.