Coping with Crisis: Lessons from the Maine Lobster Fishery

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How fisheries respond to crisis is, unfortunately, a topic of ever growing importance. Anna Henry and Teresa Johnson (School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine) used a people ecology approach to examine how fishers responded to three recent changes in the Maine lobster Homarus americanus fishery, and the reasons why those responses may have been less effective than historical changes. Historically, the Maine lobster fishery was regulated strongly via a long-standing partnership between fishers, scientists, and the state. It was a limited entry fishery that made many decisions via consensus and had weathered many literal and figurative storms through institutional adaptation to change.

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This journal review originally appeared in the June 2015 issue of Fisheries magazine