Northern fisheries: managing income, nutrition and cultural values

Maria Nakhshina, Franz Krause

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Fishing is a key livelihood for many people worldwide, and significantly contributes to global nutrition. However, there is an awareness of a widespread crisis in fisheries with profound ecological, social and cultural impacts (Urquhart and others 2013). The majority of people dependent on fishing are involved in small-scale fisheries, which stands in contrast to the narrow focus of most fishery science and policy on large-scale, capital intensive fishing (Berkes and others 2001). Small-scale fisheries require different approaches for research, policy and management, due to their specific technological, economic and sociocultural characteristics that differ from those of large-scale fisheries, as well as a large degree of internal diversity in terms of fish stocks, fishers’ backgrounds, vessel capacity, etc (see Afterword of this collection of papers).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-342
Number of pages5
JournalPolar Record
Issue number4
Early online date23 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

The papers published in this special issue developed out of the panel Northern fisheries: managing income, nutrition and cultural values organised within the Seventh International Congress of Arctic Social Sciences (ICASS VII) that took place in Akureyri, Iceland in June 2011. We would like to thank all the authors and external reviewers for the enormous amount of work they have invested into making this special issue a reality. We are particularly grateful to Professor Marianne Lien for writing an epilogue for this publication. Maria Nakhshina is also thankful to Paul Shaw for providing visualisation expertise, to the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and to the ESRC funding body (grant ES/K006428/1, the University of Aberdeen) for providing financial and institutional support throughout the publication process. Franz Krause gratefully acknowledges his affiliation as Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Aberdeen, UK, from which his input into this collection has benefited significantly


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