Fisheries - Sea Changes


Despite the high-tech, globalised nature of much of modern fishing, it is still based on communities where tradition is important and fishing is a way of life as much as a job. Practically everybody in the community may be affected by a decline in fishing activity, whether they are directly involved in catching and processing fish or not. This makes change hard, especially if there are few other industries in the region. Yet the alternative can be much worse the collapse of fishing and the decay of the communities it supported.

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Chapter 8 will look at what adjustment programmes try to accomplish, and the tools they use to do this. We will also discuss the close relationship between fishing and the communities that depend on it, and why the human side of fisheries adjustment is so important.

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