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Attitudes of Scottish fishers towards marine renewable energy

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Alexander, KA and Wilding, TA and Heymans, JJ, Attitudes of Scottish fishers towards marine renewable energy, Marine Policy, 37 pp. 239-244. ISSN 0308-597X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2012 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2012.05.005

Abstract

Development of the offshore renewable energy sector will have implications for the fishing industry by limiting access and navigation, and potential impacts (both positive and negative) upon commercially fished species. Fishers' attitudes and behaviour have been found to influence the success of fishery management measures, compliance with regulations, and Marine Protected Areas; suggesting they may also affect offshore renewable energy developments. A postal survey was conducted to investigate fishers’ attitudes towards offshore energy extraction and any influential factors in terms of fishing experience and practice, association membership, location, and knowledge of offshore renewable energy installations. The most important factor influencing fishers’ opinions was whether they knew of a nearby offshore development, followed by location (whether they operate from the mainland or the islands); and despite concerns regarding the perceived impacts and mitigation the majority of fishers held either neutral or positive attitudes towards offshore renewable energy extraction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fishers, inshore fisheries, attitudes, perceptions, offshore energy, Scotland
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards
Objective Field:Coastal and Marine Management Policy
Author:Alexander, KA (Dr Karen Alexander)
ID Code:107749
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:22
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-03-23
Last Modified:2016-08-02
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