A study of participant perspectives regarding cooperative fisheries research on the US West Coast Public Deposited

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  • Cooperative marine fisheries research—the practice of involving the expertise of fishermen and scientists in conducting studies of ocean fishes—has increased gradually over the past 50 years on the US west coast. However, few studies have systematically collected and analyzed the experiences and perceptions of numerous cooperative marine fisheries research project participants. I examined past and present US west coast cooperative fisheries research projects by reviewing existing records of projects, conducting a survey and interviews that investigated the experiences and perceptions of fisherman and scientist participants in cooperative marine fisheries research. In particular, I focused my study on the differences in the experiences and evaluations of research projects by fishermen and scientists. Both fishermen and scientists indicated that conducting good scientific research and producing useful data were major motivations for participating in their cooperative fisheries research projects. During interviews fishermen indicated that the transfer of information between the two groups was unsatisfactory to them. Survey results also suggest that, on average, fishermen are not equal research partners with scientists during their cooperative research projects. This inequality was found even while fishermen, as a group, were found to have participated in a broad range of project activities. This research also found that communication between fishermen and scientists is complex and that fishermen and scientists view the balance of power during their cooperative efforts in different ways. My research also demonstrates what information can be obtained, and lessons learned, through the use of a standardized research methodology to study and evaluate cooperative fisheries projects over an entire region. Future cooperative fisheries research participants on the US west coast and beyond can use the findings of this study to anticipate challenges and maximize the strengths of their cooperative fisheries research projects.
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