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Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Fishing livelihoods and fisheries management in Northwest Iceland

General

Organisation
Project start
01.01.2013
Project end
31.12.2014
Type of project
ARMAP/NSF
Project theme
Society, economy and culture
Project topic
Culture & history

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.656929, -20.290009

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.688759, -21.456129

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.898956, -19.412977

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.707672, -21.670649

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.401138, -20.936295

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 66.051064, -21.571423

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.750038, -19.652525

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Fieldwork / Study

Fieldwork country
Iceland
Fieldwork region
Iceland
Fieldwork location

Geolocation is 65.826599, -20.290373

Fieldwork start
14.07.2014
Fieldwork end
08.08.2014

Project details

02.10.2019
Science / project plan

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Science / project summary
This dissertation research employs an ethnographic method to analyze motivations for individuals' participation in small-scale fisheries. The majority of fisheries in Iceland are managed under a nationwide privatized program where access to the right to fish is limited, and these limitations can negatively impact small-scale fishing operations. This project aims to better understand the opportunities and constraints that varying management schemes have on the cultural dimensions of small-scale fisheries. The economic literature that fisheries privatization is based upon assumes the primary motivation for fishing to be profit maximization. However, research from around the world suggests that a wide range of motivations for engagement in fisheries exists outside profit generation. This research compares individuals engaged in non-privatized small-boat fisheries with those participating in the small-boat privatized fisheries in a two-phase design that uses methods of semi-directed interviewing and the deployment of a questionnaire to gather qualitative and quantitative data. Results will add to new knowledge exploring the effects that the privatization of marine resources has on individual's abilities to access marine resources. This research will also bring a new perspective to fisheries management in Iceland and abroad by providing a better understanding of the variations of motivations in fisheries and exploring the ways political and social institutions affect how humans organize around resources.
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