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Social-Ecological Systems Meta-Analysis Database: Component

SummaryFishermen with licenses to fish California market squid
SubtypeLocal Resource User Group
SectorFisheries (Stock-specific)
Interest HeterogeneityLow (1)
ExplanationGenerally all want to be profitable. About half want to fish for the independence and being on the water, about half consider it mostly as a job. All want fishery to remain open.
Costs Of ExitNo
ExplanationGetting in is costly, but can leave without cost. Likely more make money leaving by selling permit and vessel.
Proportionality (Of Costs And Benefits)Yes
ExplanationMake profit most of the time, but not always. Depends on availability. High costs for licenses, dockage, and vessel maintenance. But highest value fishery they catch.
Actor Group CoordinationBoth formal and informal
ExplanationFishers all know each other (many are family members) and frequently coordinate informally. Coordinate officially through the California Wetfish Producers Association.
ExplanationFormal: Senior members tend to carry a lot of weight, but official representatives sit on the Fish and Wildlife advisory panel as a spokesperson. The California Wetfish Producers Association has a board of directors and an executive committee. Informal: Senior members carry weight with others
Leadership AccountabilityMedium (2)
ExplanationNo formal way to hold accountability, but socially important.
Leadership AuthorityLow (1)
ExplanationServe as spokesperson. Can pull weight in management decisions, but not up to them.
Actor Group TrustMedium (2)
ExplanationGenerally close family ties. Fishers communicate frequently and mostly share information. Natural competition. Less trust among various areas (other states, different ports) and newcomers to fishery (particularly those from Alaska or Washington).
Past CollaborationHigh (3)
ExplanationFamilies help coordinate. Producers association helps formalize already existing close network.
Personal CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationSome daily, others frequently
Remote CommunicationMore than once a year (5)
ExplanationSome daily, others frequently