Arctic Field Projects



Project Title: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Fishing livelihoods and fisheries management in Northwest Iceland (Award# 1304681)

PI: Carothers, Courtney L (clcarothers@alaska.edu)
Phone: (907) 474.7314 
Institute/Department: U of Alaska, Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences 
IPY Project?
Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\ASSP
Program Manager: Dr. Anna Kerttula (akerttul@nsf.gov)
Discipline(s): | Social and Human Sciences\Arctic Marine Social Ecological Systems | Social and Human Sciences\Fisheries Management | Social and Human Sciences\Human Dimensions of Fisheries | Social and Human Sciences\Small-scale Fisheries |

Project Web Site(s):
NSF_Award_Info: http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=13...

Science 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.

Logistics Summary:
This project aims to document the demographics, personal histories, narratives, and discourses surrounding the three small-boat fisheries systems in Northwest Iceland to determine how motivation varies among participants. The researcher will compare 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. In 2014 the researcher will interview individuals in the eight fishing communities surrounding Húnaflói Bay and Skagafjörður Fjord.

All logistics will be organized by the researcher and paid through the grant.
SeasonField SiteDate InDate Out#People
2014Iceland - Blonduos03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Drangsnes03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Hofsos03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Holmavik03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Hvammstangi03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Norourfjorour03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Sauoarkrokur03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
2014Iceland - Skagastrond03 / 10 / 2014 08 / 08 / 20141
 


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