Originally from Homer from a commercial fishing family…which introduced a recognized bias to her work that she struggled to overcome
Cook Inlet home to three primary fishing cultures; drift net fleet, set-net fleet, sportfishery & personal use
Setnets fish affixed to shore along the east side of Cook Inlet (predominately) and the drift-netters are more mobile
‘Fish Wars’ describe the dynamic of upper Cook Inlet due to conflict among user groups
In 2011-2012 study asked among other things ‘What are the primary reasons for the conflict’, what do users have in common? How does conflict impact the sustainability of local resources. Could shared values be a starting point for resolution?
Unwillingness of groups to engage is a major barrier to progress
Groups tended to strive towards unrealistic goals…such as closing one group down (win-lose dynamics)
Arguments remain in memories for a longtime and can be passed across generations
Media that does not provide nuance to issues can do unintentional damage
Groups tend to dehumanize others: “They’re not even from here!”
What do groups agree on? First was importance of Family (spending time together, teaching work ethic, etc..); Community mattered “we make our community thrive”; sustainability “everyone hates the fight” “without us the Board of Fish would have fished us into oblivion”
How would he Kenai River user community respond to a crisis like Pebble? Would they coalesce around a common enemy or be to fractured to use the wisdom of the crowd?