Urban Shore-Side Fishers: perspectives on fishery regulations

Authors: Amy Bosteels*, Eckerd College
Topics: Urban Geography, Marine and Coastal Resources, Communication
Keywords: Well-being, fishing, urban, policy analysis, communication
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Recreational fisheries may play an important role in supporting the well-being of fishers in urban coastal communities across the United States. Shore-side locations, in particular, are utilized by economically and ethnically diverse populations. However, the regulations that govern these spaces rarely explicitly consider the needs of shore fishers, particularly those that may be food insecure. This poster focuses on urban shore-side fishing locations, like piers and bridges, in the Tampa Bay area of Florida which create economically and ethnically integrated spaces in what is often a highly segregated region. Presenting data from a two-month pilot survey and ethnographic study, I examine the effectiveness and clarity of the area’s policies and policymaking institutions through the perspectives of diverse shore-side fishers. I find evidence that there is a disconnect between the Tampa Bay area’s shore-side fishing population and its policymaking institutions. In particular, many fishers expressed concerns over the effectiveness of these institutions in their enforcement and communication. I explore possible strategies for increasing the effectiveness of these institutions while promoting inclusivity for all stakeholders.

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