Local owner-based management of Finnish lake fisheries: Social dimensions and power relations

  • Salmi P
  • Muje K
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Abstract

Traditionally most inland water bodies in Finland were privately owned
as an extension of land ownership. Statutory fishery associations are
responsible for local decision-making on most lakes. Social dimensions
have been tightly embedded in decision making by these associations. The
local level of Finnish fisheries management has been subjected to a
fundamental shift from locally based subsistence fishing and wide local
participation in fisheries associations to a wide range of non-local
recreational demands and decreasing participation. In this paper the
functionality of local resource management in the Finnish context of
private ownership of fishing waters is studied, with focus on the social
significance of local decision-making and representation of user groups
in the decision-making process. The main material consists of personal
thematic interviews with a range of fishermen, decision makers and other
stakeholders in two lakes.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Finland
  • Local governance
  • Recreational fisheries
  • Thematic interviews

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Authors

  • P. Salmi

  • K. Muje

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