"Pushing for the highline" : the diffusion of innovations in the Oregon otter trawl fishery Public Deposited

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  • Implementation of. the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 affords opportunities for fishery expansion and economic development in the Oregon otter trawl fishery. The changes stimulated by the Act should occur, according to social science theorists, by the diffusion of innovations from innovative fishermen to less innovative fishermen, with the innovations including those in electronics and gear; and changes in target species and fishing strategy. Theoretical expectations were, for the most part, supported by the field data gathered on the fishery. Most importantly the investigation revealed a high correlation between innovativeness and high earnings; high earnings could not be explained sufficiently by the effort or experience of the fisherman. Some significant differences were encountered between theoretical predictions and the practice of the fishery. Contrary to the theoretical notion that innovators are unusual individuals marginally or imperfectly integrated into their system, innovators in the Oregon otter trawl fishery are well-liked, sought out for advice and central to the system. Further, competition, tax incentives and port environment were found to be major factors influencing the adoption of innovations. These factors are not presented in the theoretical literature.
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