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Explaining the growth and decline of fisheries communities Public Deposited

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  • This paper discusses the importance of the fishing industry – fishing fleet and processing industry – for the development of coastal communities. Statistical analysis is performed to analyze the importance of development in the fisheries sector (catch, landings, employment et.c) and how and to what degree this explains the growth and decline of different fishing communities along the Norwegian coast. The influence of the fishing industry is controlled for by also analyzing the development of other industries important for coastal communities, as well as employment in the public sector. An important finding is that the fishing industry explains less of the development in fishing dependent communities than expected, and that general development trends, urbanization, productivity improvement, transition from primary to secondary and tertiary employment et.c, explains more of the development in all but the (few) most fisheries-dependent communities.
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  • Seattle, Washington, USA
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