'Thinking like a fish': adaptive strategies for coping with vulnerability and variability emerging from a relational engagement with kob

 

Show simple item record

dc.contributor.author Duggan, Gregory L en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Green, Lesley en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Jarre, Astrid en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-04T11:56:54Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-04T11:56:54Z
dc.date.issued 2014 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Duggan, G. L., Green, L. J., & Jarre, A. (2014). ‘Thinking like a fish’: adaptive strategies for coping with vulnerability and variability emerging from a relational engagement with kob. Maritime Studies, 13(1), 1-21. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14680
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/2212-9790-13-4
dc.description.abstract Based on ethnographic fieldwork amongst a group of commercial handline fishers in the town of Stilbaai in South Africa's southern Cape region, this paper presents a range of flexible, adaptive and evolving strategies through which fishers negotiate constantly shifting variability in weather patterns, fish stocks, fisheries policies, and economic conditions. These variabilities constitute a diverse set of vulnerabilities to which fishers must respond in order to sustain their livelihoods. In this context, the act of 'thinking like a fish' on the part of the fishers provides them with an effective means of adapting to variability and uncertainty. Findings of ethnographic research in 2010-11 suggest that a number of the fishers who participated in the research actively work towards achieving a balance between profit and sustainability. 'Thinking like a fish' is an embodied, interactive way of knowing that emerges from interactions between fishers and fish, offering an ethical and ecological outlook which is a valuable resource for fisheries and conservation management in the region. We suggest that the deeply embodied interactional component of 'thinking like a fish' results from a desire to understand the life world of fish and to think from their perspective in order to more effectively target them while sustaining the species and ecosystem. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Springer en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0 en_ZA
dc.source Maritime Studies en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.maritimestudiesjournal.com/ en_ZA
dc.subject.other Ethnography en_ZA
dc.subject.other Adaptive strategies en_ZA
dc.subject.other Perspective en_ZA
dc.subject.other Variability en_ZA
dc.subject.other Umwelt en_ZA
dc.subject.other Mimesis en_ZA
dc.title 'Thinking like a fish': adaptive strategies for coping with vulnerability and variability emerging from a relational engagement with kob en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder 2014 Duggan et al.; licensee Springer en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Science en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Marine Research (MA-RE) Institute en_ZA
uct.type.filetype Text
uct.type.filetype Image


Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License Except where otherwise noted, this item's license is described as This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License