Intermediate technologies for small-scale fishermen in the Caribbean.

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As many coastal waters in the Caribbean now have serious over-fishing problems, new technologies should not be thought of as a panacea. The cultural intricacies of a society must be clearly understood if technologies are to be successfully introduced. If not compatible with the managerial level or social organization of a community, a technology is doomed to failure. The negative social implications of the new technology (income disparities, increased unemployment power shifts in the community) must be carefully considered. If fishing technologies are to be successfully adapted by small-scale fishermen, these people must be directly involved in the prior planning and decision-making. Moreover, they must be convinced of the innovation's potential for success, economic feasibility, and harmony with the local environment and society.-from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-68
Number of pages4
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography


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