Fisheries resources in Oregon have been the focus of a public policy and management controversy for the last several years. As changes in fisheries resources management and policy decisions continue to be occur, the two communities that are directly involved - the fishery management community and the fishing family business community - will continue to interface with each other. Recognizing the interdependence of these two communities is becoming more and more important. Equally important will be the recognition of how communication at the interface can help to lessen tension and negative impacts. This paper discusses an innovative outreach project and the lessons learned regarding small steps in communication that can help both fishing communities and the fishery management community in their struggles to cope with changes in fishery management.
Conway, F.D.L. Changes & Fishery Management: Impacts, Communication, and Fishing Communities. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults: Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.