Classifying fishers' behaviour. An invitation to fishing styles
2016 (English)In: Fish and Fisheries, ISSN 1467-2960, E-ISSN 1467-2979, Vol. 17, no 1, 78-100 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The study and classification of fishers’ behaviour remains a much debated topic. There is a tension between detailed empirical studies, which highlight the variety and diversity of fisheries, and the parsimony and generalization required to satisfy science and policy demands. This study contributes to this debate. The first sec- tion reviews quantitative methods currently used for classifying fishing practices. The review uncovers significant weaknesses in quantitative classification methods, which, we argue, can be improved through the complementary use of qualitative methods. To this purpose, we introduce the concept of ‘fishing style’, which integrates quantitative classification methods with qualitative analysis. We explain the scientific premises of the fishing-style concept, outline a general methodological framework and present a fishing-style analysis of Swedish Baltic Sea fisheries. Based on these results, we conclude that it is possible to classify fishing practices in a rel- atively uniform and limited number of styles that can highlight the rich, empirical diversity of fishers’ behaviour. We therefore propose that fishing-style analysis, based on an integration of quantitative and qualitative methods, can be an impor- tant step towards more effective and sustainable fisheries management.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. Vol. 17, no 1, 78-100 p.
Classification, fisheries management and policy, fishers’ behaviour, fishing styles, mixed methods
Fish and Aquacultural Science
Research subject Sustainability Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-120334DOI: 10.1111/faf.12092ISI: 000371240900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-120334DiVA: diva2:851747