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Fisheries and Coastal Communities


Fisheries and Coastal Communities

A group for anthropologists (and friends) working with fisheries issues and coastal communities.

Members: 33
Latest Activity: Dec 18, 2018

Discussion Forum

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Started by Becky Blanchard May 3, 2010.

(Human) Migration and Fisheries and Coastal Communities 1 Reply

Started by Alyne E. Delaney. Last reply by Carlos G. Garcia-Quijano Nov 25, 2008.

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Comment by Cynthia Grace on April 18, 2008 at 6:21am
Hello all! I am new to the group, and am a PhD student at the University of South Florida. I wanted to know if anyone was going to go to (or knows much about) the Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management Conference at the end of September in Colorado... Any info?
Comment by Charles Menzies on September 27, 2010 at 9:54am
Hello, just wondering who among this group is planning to go to Seattle for the meetings in 2011. I'm planning on going, haven't yet put a paper together. I am interested in either joining a fisheries related panel or working with others to put one together. Let me know!
Comment by Kimberly Brown on September 27, 2010 at 10:50am
Hey Charles, if you put together a fisheries panel I'm on board. I was planning to submit a fisheries related paper.
Comment by Marie E Lowe on October 6, 2010 at 3:01pm
Call for panels and abstracts: Deadline November 15, 2010 http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/wakefield-people/call.php


27th Lowell Wakefield International Fisheries Symposium Anchorage, Alaska, September 14-18, 2011

This international symposium will provide a forum for scholars, fishery managers, fishing families, and others to explore the human dimensions of fishery systems and growing need to include social science research in policy processes.

Theme areas:

Human/Environment Relationships
Fishing Communities in Transition
Indigenous and Rural Knowledge and Communities
Governance and Management Issues in the North
Celebrating the Life of Fishing Peoples

Please submit proposed panel title, abstract (250 words), and expected speakers by November 15, 2010, to Courtney Carothers clcarothers@alaska.edu We also welcome individual paper and poster abstracts. For more information on this symposium see http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/wakefield-people/index.php.

Comment by Teresa Johnson on October 24, 2010 at 1:19pm
PhD Research Assistantship in Sustainability Science/Alternative Ocean Energy/Marine Policy. Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative (SSI) at the University of Maine is seeking a PhD student to conduct research in the field of sustainability science, focusing on the human dimensions of tidal power development in Maine. For more information, see http://www.umaine.edu/sustainabilitysolutions/students/grad_opening...
Comment by Marie E Lowe on February 9, 2011 at 2:43pm

Call for Papers: Reconsidering the Coastal Community in the 21st Century

27th International Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium, “Fishing Peoples of the North: Cultures, Economies, and Management Responding to Change”

Anchorage, Alaska; September 14-17, 2011  http://seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2011/wakefield-people/index.php

Due Date for Abstracts: April 4, 2011


Reconsidering the Coastal Community in the 21st Century

Co-Chairs:  Marie Lowe, University of Alaska Anchorage and Kate Reedy-Maschner, Idaho State University


Increasing restricted access in fisheries, the rising cost of living in northern rural areas, and the single sector economies of many coastal communities have increased their vulnerability to short and long-term resource and market instabilities.   Barriers to upward mobility in traditional occupational roles cause many communities to currently suffer effects of brain drain but they are also at once characterized by a strong sense of place shared among residents; a "social embeddedness" (McCay 2000) connected to home communities.  This panel will explore the concept of “community” across the coastal North and how its residents adapt to socioeconomic and environmental change, sustain or reject coastal livelihoods, and the disparate methods employed in adjusting to new and changing political and economic realities.  Fleets, processors, labor pools, and coastal communities themselves are increasingly divergent entities with distinct goals, constraints, access to resources, political power, economic opportunities and alternatives ranging from subsistence strategies to tourism to energy development.  By exploring new approaches to diversification, cooperation, and mitigating conflict, these papers will address and expose how coastal communities might be innovating in ways that contribute to community viability.


We encourage abstract submissions from scholars working on coastal issues in northern areas or other regions with similar issues for cross-cultural discussion. 


Queries and abstracts can be emailed to:

Marie Lowe marie.lowe@uaa.alaska.edu

Kate Reedy-Maschner reedkath@isu.edu
Comment by Alyne E. Delaney on April 6, 2011 at 5:33pm

Hi everyone.  Wished I could have been in Seattle this year; many good panels?

As some of you know, before moving to Europe and getting sucked into EU (and African and SE Asian) fisheries... I worked in Japan.  Had only managed two short trips over the years, but had another trip planned for this autumn.  Unfortunately, the coastal areas of "my" town were wiped out in the tsunami on the 11th March. 

I don't yet have an idea of where to take future research now, after the initial "life has changed drastically" reports, but I am sure there will be some initial work on adapting to the disaster ... so if anyone is doing work on similar issues (e.g., Deepwater Horizon, Hurricane Katrina, Exxon Valdez, etc).  please drop me a line.  The recovery will take many years and already I know the face of the fishing in the community will be altered drastically.

Thanks, Alyne

PS the FCA member in the photo with me lost everything.  In fact, every fisher/FCA member lost everything in the town.  At the prefectural level, 100% of aquacuture and 96% of commercial fishing vessels were lost....

Comment by M. W. Amarasiri de Silva on April 25, 2011 at 7:09am

I just came to know about this group. It is fascinating! My first encounter with coastal fishing in rural Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was in early 1970s. After that I did not get much involved in rural coastal fining communities. I looked at the effects of mechanization and its impact on social formation in coastal villages in Sri Lanka. I am much interested in doing a full scale research and see what has happened after 40 years of my research in the village I did fieldwork. 

If any conference coming up in this line of thinking, please inform me as well.


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