Journal Article

Improving communication from managers to fishers in Europe and the US

Wim L. T. van Densen and Bonnie J. McCay

in ICES Journal of Marine Science

Published on behalf of ICES/CIEM

Volume 64, issue 4, pages 811-817
Published in print May 2007 | ISSN: 1054-3139
Published online April 2007 | e-ISSN: 1095-9289 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsm034
Improving communication from managers to fishers in Europe and the US

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Van Densen, W. L. T., and McCay, B. J. 2007. Improving communication from managers to fishers in Europe and the US. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, 64: 811–817.

Communication problems need to be solved if managers are to be more persuasive about the need for limitations on fishing, to protect and restore fish populations. The context is widespread scepticism about the effectiveness of management on both sides of the Atlantic. That scepticism is fuelled by assessment bias as seen in the case of the northern cod of Newfoundland, and by failure to take into account differences in perceptions of stock size and fishing mortality; differences in causal reasoning about fishing pressure and environmental factors influencing stock size; and differences in the capacity to read and understand the mostly graphic information that underlies and is often used to explain management decisions. This analysis is based on interviews and observations in the European Union and the northeastern USA.

Keywords: bias; causal reasoning; cod; Georges Bank; graphic displays; Gulf of Maine; North Sea; perceptions; plaice; time-series; uncertainty

Journal Article.  5676 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Environmental Science ; Marine and Estuarine Biology

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