Introduction to the special issue on job satisfaction in fisheries in the global south

Maarten Bavinck, Richard Pollnac, Iris Monnereau, Pierre Failler

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Abstract

The job satisfaction of capture fishers is of more than sectoral interest. On a practical level the relevance is as follows: capture fishing is known to contribute in a major way to the degradation of the world’s oceans (Millenium Ecosystem Assessment 2005), and could possibly be relieved if fishers are induced to move out of fishing (Pauly et al. 1989). Whether fishers are actually inclined to do so or not, however, depends at least partially on their levels of job satisfaction. Comparative studies of job satisfaction—as attempted in this special issue—throw light on the extent to which fishers are attached to their work and are willing to give it up for alternative professions. More specifically, such studies provide evidence of labor conditions in a profession known to be exceptionally tough and even dangerous (ICSF 2003).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalSocial Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement
Volume109
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

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