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Europe's coastal fisheries: instability and the impacts of fisheries policy

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Jeremy Phillipson



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd., 2015.

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This paper discusses the precarious situation of Europe's coastal fisheries in an increasingly complex world where environmental, economic, political and social instabilities – either separately or interactively – threaten their future sustainability. It draws particular attention to key lessons from resilience thinking and the role that social sciences can play in developing a deeper understanding of the nature of change and the processes of shaping the vulnerability, resilience and adaptation of fishing communities and livelihoods, as well as the dangers implicit in certain aspects of fisheries policy. The paper concludes by introducing the papers in this special issue of Sociologia Ruralis on Resilience and Adaptation of Fishing Communities.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Symes D, Phillipson J, Salmi P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Sociologia Ruralis

Year: 2015

Volume: 55

Issue: 3

Pages: 245-257

Print publication date: 01/07/2015

Online publication date: 01/06/2015

Acceptance date: 16/03/2015

Date deposited: 20/04/2015

ISSN (print): 0038-0199

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9523

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/soru.12096


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