Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) Value Shifts and Crashes at Greenland

Snyder, Hunter Tighe (2018) Atlantic Cod (Gadus morhua) Value Shifts and Crashes at Greenland. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

The history and study of Atlantic cod in the North Atlantic begets a common narrative of species crashes. In Greenland, environmental drivers of cod crashes and cascading effects on the economy are known, but little attention has been paid to how values for cod change as a result. This work shows that cod’s nonmarket use value has increased as sea surface temperatures and cod abundance in the waters around South West Greenland increase. A quality of life assessment in Qeqertarsuatsiaat, Greenland indicates increased use for cod and decreased importance for select cultural activities during a period of increases in cod abundance, household income and disposable income. These results demonstrate that economic and cultural value systems may be shifting from nonmarket to market use values. Mixed economies that include nonmarket and market values for cod will persist if not grow in the face of climate change, the results of which serve as a counter narrative to the state of cod in the North Atlantic.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/13323
Item ID: 13323
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 21-26).
Keywords: greenland, fisheries, nonmarket value, fisheries economics, arctic studies
Department(s): Marine Institute > School of Maritime Studies
Date: January 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Atlantic cod--Ecology--Greenland; Atlantic cod fisheries--Economic aspects--Greenland.

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