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Sensemaking in Commercial Fishing : What Happens at Sea and How It Impacts What Reaches Your Plate
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Sustainable commercial fishing, species protection and bycatch are contentious topics. How can we trust that the fish on our plate has come from a sustainable source, and are the practices and regulations that we think are helping actually having the desired outcomes in ensuring healthy fish stocks?
This book presents a framework for understanding frontline organizing processes in commercial fisheries. It enables industry managers, regulators, and society more broadly to better understand, influence, and respond to sustainability issues in commercial fishing. The book is important to researchers and practitioners active in the fishing industry, and natural resource managers and regulators interested in understanding and improving the ecological and economic sustainability of their management systems. It is also relevant to organizational scholars interested in organizing, sensemaking, sociomateriality, natural resources, and sustainability.
The book uses the real-life case of an Alaskan commercial fishing fleet to explore how the commercial fishing industry organizes with natural systems in order to extract material resources from them. Only after understanding these processes can we better see how to manage and regulate them to foster greater ecological and economic sustainability. Such an understanding requires exploring how regulations, natural systems, human organizing processes, and market forces interrelate to produce the fish that make their way to consumers’ plates. This interrelationship is examined through the lens of one of the most important sustainability issues in commercial fisheries today – bycatch.