Fig. 3. Relative difference in local ecological knowledge among different occupational groups operating in the target community. Knowledge is divided into three categories based on the three recognized subcomponents of the coastal seascape; mangrove, seagrass, and reef. Knowledge of different groups for each subcomponent is represented as the relative difference of their level of knowledge compared to an estimated average level of knowledge for all groups, i.e., the baseline in the figure. Thus, the bars represent each groupís knowledge in relation to other groups. Amount of knowledge, for each occupational category, is ranked based on the expressed level of detail of ecological components and processes. Although groups may be represented as having equal levels of knowledge in terms of detail, the actual content of the knowledge may at times be related to different species depending, for example, on which species are primarily targeted by a specific group.