Spatial and Social-Ecological Characteristics of Fishing License Portfolios along the Eastern Maine Coastal Current

Authors: Samuel Guilford*, The George Washington University
Topics: Marine and Coastal Resources, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Fisheries sustainability, Maine coast, Downeast Maine
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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The Eastern Maine Coastal Current (EMCC) is an ocean current that runs south from the Canadian border to roughly halfway down the Maine coast, around Penobscot Bay. In partnership with the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, this study examines the unique nature of the fisheries and fishing communities that inhabit the EMCC to promote the sustained long-term health of the whole ecosystem. Of particular interest are the various arrays of fishing licenses held by single fishers, known as fishing license portfolios. Different arrays and spatial distributions of license portfolios have been seen to affect the socioeconomic resilience of local fishers as well as the ecological well-being of the fisheries. This study analyzes the spatial and social-ecological characteristics of various license portfolios at the community and regional levels to better understand their diversity and impact, as well as how they differ within the region and across Maine.

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