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Danish Seine Fishing From Thyboron: Insiders and Outsiders in Regulation and the Local Knowledge of Fishing Technologies

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Eskesen, Mogens
Conference: Reinventing the Commons, the Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Bodoe, Norway
Conf. Date: May 24-28
Date: 1995
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/8141
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Europe
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
fisheries
local knowledge
regulation
Abstract: "All kinds of regulations will favour some users' access to the resources. The chosen regulation will inevitably contain elements of allocation policy. Either as a direct and intended redistribution of income, or as an unintended consequence. This is due to the existing differences between the fishermen's gear, the capacity of the vessels, use of fishing grounds, main season, and target species. In the debate on fisheries policy, several sides want to set an 'ecological' view on the agenda. One notice how environmental organizations take part in the debate on allocation of resources with viewpoints on a sustainable fishery. People debate these issues on the basis of quite different kinds of knowledge, where the extremes consist of economic/biologic models and scientific analysis on one side, and the often emotional attitude of the environmentalist, on the other. In contrast stand the fishermen's experience with and understanding of the ecology of the sea, and their understanding of their place in the social context. I will present preliminary results from my case study on Dainish Seine and Gill Net Fishery: The case study consists partly in interviews and partly in participation in fishery in two communities: Thyboroen and Hvide Sande, both situated on the West coast of Jutland, Denmark. Which ideas do fishermen have about their own gear and its impact on environment? And what about other fishermen's gear? And how are the conditions for interchange between fishermen's knowledge versus the knowledge of scientists, like e.g. biologists?"

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