Lunch Talk: Fisheries Privatization, Sociocultural Transitions, and Well-Being in Kodiak

In the 1970s, the state and federal governments began "privatizing" access to Alaska's commercial fisheries—that is, they either issued permits or assigned shares of the catch to a limited number of fishermen. Those permits and quota shares are commodities that can be bought and sold on the market. Scholars and fishermen alike view this privatization as a fundamental driver of change in fishing livelihoods and communities. Courtney Carothers, an associate professor in the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences at UAF, has studied some of the social and cultural effects of the shift to privatization in Kodiak, one of Alaska's major fishing communities. Hear Dr. Carothers talk about the results of her research.
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