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Who Can Be Trusted to Manage the Fish? A Study Comparing Trust between Stakeholders

Journal article
Authors Håkan Eggert
Mitesh Kataria
Elina Lampi
Published in Land Economics
Volume 94
Issue 3
Pages 354-367
ISSN 0023-7639
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Economics
Pages 354-367
Language en
Links https://doi.org/10.3368/le.94.3.354
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

This paper investigates trust among stakeholders in fisheries management. We asked the general public, environmental bureaucrats, and recreational and commercial fishers whether they believed the other stakeholders have sufficient knowledge to have an opinion regarding fisheries management issues in a choice experiment they themselves had just been exposed to. We found that the general public and recreational fishers tend to trust bureaucrats, while bureaucrats distrust the general public. The commercial fishers deviate from the others with a high level of trust in own knowledge and low trust in all other stakeholders. The implications of low trust among stakeholders in fisheries are discussed.

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