“The fishery went away”: The impacts of long-term fishery closures on young people's experience and perception of fisheries employment in Newfoundland coastal communities

Power, Nicole Gerarda and Norman, Moss E. and Dupré, Kathryne (2014) “The fishery went away”: The impacts of long-term fishery closures on young people's experience and perception of fisheries employment in Newfoundland coastal communities. Ecology and Society, 19 (3). ISSN 1708-3087

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Abstract

There is a growing body of research documenting the impacts of fisheries collapses on communities and fisheries workers. Less attention has been paid to the sustainable use of fisheries resources so that future generations have access to these resources, or to the creation of mechanisms that might contribute to the intergenerational continuity of recruitment of fisheries workers and the regeneration of fisheries communities. In this paper we report on young people’s experiences and perceptions of fisheries employment in Newfoundland and Labrador to deepen our understanding of the resiliency of small-scale fisheries. We found that these young people’s experiences of fisheries employment are extremely limited and their perceptions of the quality of fisheries work is primarily negative while, at the same time, they recognize its importance to the vitality of their communities. We argue that stock collapses and subsequent downsizing and regulatory changes in the industry have disrupted intergenerational continuity in fisheries work and shaped how young people view their communities and options.

Item Type: Article
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/8249
Item ID: 8249
Additional Information: Memorial University Open Access Author's Fund
Keywords: fisheries, community, employment, resiliency, youth
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: September 2014
Date Type: Publication
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