Fishermen’s Views of a Changing Ocean

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August 30, 2016 - 9:34am
Type: Report
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 01/2015
Authors: Michael Conathan
Publishing institution: Center for American Progress
City: Washington, D.C.
Pages: 33

To determine fishermen’s perspectives on these changes, the Center for American Progress contracted with Edge Research to conduct a survey of New England commercial fishermen in summer 2014. Edge Research completed telephone surveys of nearly 600 permit holders in the northeast multispecies fishery—better known as the groundfishery because it targets bottom-dwelling fish such as cod, haddock, and flounders—as well as the lobster fisheries in Maine and Massachusetts. The results clearly show that although fishermen generally tend to be politically conservative, they believe climate forces such as ocean warming and acidification are not only happening but also rank among the gravest environmental threats to their employment and the future of their industry and their communities.

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