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Social impacts of fishing - NE0108

This research project investigated the social impacts of fishing. Working together with fishing communities, it explored the tangible and non-tangible impacts fishing has on fishermen and wider fishing communities. The research took place over seven months and was split into two distinct phases. Phase 1 involved qualitative research in six case study locations across England, namely Amble, Newlyn, Padstow, Rye, Whitby and Whitehaven. During this phase of the research over 90 individuals were interviewed formally, with researchers speaking to many others informally. In Phase 2 three scenarios were presented to five regional stakeholder groups, with more than 40 people consulted to elicit their opinions and experience regarding the possible effects on the wider community of different policy options. Seven tourism managers deemed to have a strategic overview of tourism in their area were also interviewed, to ascertain their understanding of the role and scope of inshore fishing in the regional tourism offer.


This research project had five broad aims that sought to document and consider the interactions of the inshore fishing fleet and local communities:

a. To establish and identify the social and cultural impacts of inshore fishing.
b. To relate the social and cultural impacts of the inshore fishing industry to broader policy objectives.
c. To understand how the social and cultural aspects of fishing interact with other constraints to impact differently on people.
d. To relate the understanding of specific locations and communities to policy and management measures.
e. To identify examples of best practice in developing positive social impacts of inshore fishing, which may be used as models.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Social impacts of fishing - Final report   (495k)
• ANX - Annex : Social impacts of fishing - Appendices   (417k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : Social impacts of fishing - Executive summary   (217k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2009

To: 2010

Cost: £106,790
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Countryside and Community Research Unit
Social Sciences