Methodology

Fishing in murky waters- Ethics and politics of research onfisher knowledge

Author: 
Maurstad, A
Journal: 
Marine Policy No 26
Fisher knowledge is increasingly seen as an important source of information for the management of fisheries and sought by both academics and managers. With reference to interviews with Norwegian fishers I will discuss problematic ethical and methodological aspects of such documentation. Fisher knowledge is embedded in a social and cultural context and transfer of knowledge is relational. Fisher knowledge is a professional asset, and contains information that is often known only to a small group of local people.

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Participatory research supporting community-based fisherymanagement

Author: 
Wiber, M; Birkes, F; Charles, A and Kearney, J
Journal: 
Marine Policy No 28

This paper reports on a project to engage researchers and fishers together in adapting social science approaches to the purposes and the constraints of community-based fisher organizations. The work was carried out in the Scotia –Fundy Region of Atlantic Canada (the Bay of Fundy and Scotian Shelf).

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Use of two approaches to measure children's motivations to fish in Norway

Author: 
Aas, O.
Date: 
1996
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Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 1(3), 15-28.

This paper reports on the use of two different methods to ascertain why 11- to 16-year-old children fish in Norway. The first method employed open-ended questions to determine what the children liked best and disliked about fishing. The second method used fixed list, multiple-item questions to solicit information about the relative importance to the children of 10 different reasons for fishing. The two studies yielded similar results about the primary reason why children fish, but the second study provided more in-depth information about their multiple motivations.

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Using Diaries to Examine Children's Fishing Patterns

Author: 
Nancy A. Connelly* and Barbara A. Knuth
Date: 
1999
Journal: 
North American Journal of Fisheries Management Vol 19: 1103-1107

We used fishing diaries to study the fishing patterns of children who participated in the Sportfishing and Aquatic Resources Education Program in central and western New York in 1996 and explored the related costs and benefits. Besides the financial costs, it was difficult and time-consuming to obtain the names of families with children who fish and to obtain parental permission for the children to participate in the diary project, even though we worked through an established youth fishing organization.

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