- Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Knowing through fishing: exploring the connection between fishers' ecological knowledge and fishing styles
Garavito-Bermudez, Diana; Boonstra, Wiebren J.
That fishers' ecological knowledge (FEK) can contribute to the sustainability and legitimacy of environmental planning and management is widely accepted. Nevertheless, despite this broad consensus about its importance, there is uncertainty about the ways in which FEK can be captured methodologically. Here, we present the results of a methodological inquiry aimed to connect FEK to the diversity of work practices within fisheries. Using a sample from a qualitative study of Swedish small-scale fishers, we test to what extent a new combination of concept and method - Fishing Style analysis and the Structure-Dynamic-Function framework - can produce insights into the partiality and diversity of FEK, as well as its embodied and tacit aspects. Results demonstrate how different work practices generate a variety of FEKs. We use this finding to discuss the implications of our work for future study of FEK, and how attention to FEK can inform environmental planning and management.
fishers' ecological knowledge (FEK); traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); local ecological knowledge (LEK); fishing styles; methodology
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
2023, Volume: 66, number: 9, pages: 1841-1860
Publisher: ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS LTD
Sustainable Development Goals
SDG14 Life below water
UKÄ Subject classification
Fish and Aquacultural Science
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