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The State and Small-Scale Fisheries in Puerto Rico (New Directions in Puerto Rican Studies)

Pérez, Ricardo

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ISBN 10: 0813029015 / ISBN 13: 9780813029016
Published by University Press of Florida, 2005
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Title: The State and Small-Scale Fisheries in ...

Publisher: University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Based on anthropological and historical research in Puerto Rico from 1996 to 2002, Pérez's study explains how and why state intervention has retarded the development of small-scale fishing economies by discouraging opportunities for capital accumulation in coastal communities.   Drawing on interviews with fishers, fishery agents and scientists, and government officials, along with household surveys and archival research, Pérez analyzes the rural economic development of the southern coast of the island and documents the contradictory effects of fisheries policy and industrial development in three separate fishing communities. Aided by the marketing strategies of the fisheries to create demand for their products, Puerto Rico's development policy stimulated immigration to fill temporary jobs, but this situation resulted in serious degradation of the coastal environment and fishery resources upon which the local population depended. Government intervention in fisheries policy also created contradictions between fisheries development and modernization on the one hand and conservation of fish stocks and resources influencing them on the other.   Pérez employs a variety of historical and ethnographic methods to shape an analysis extending beyond Puerto Rican fisheries to illuminate the discouraging interplay between household-based production regimes, intermittent infusions of state funds and expertise, and the strong stimulant of large-scale, though temporary, development projects.    

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"Will not only make a significant contribution to the history of Puerto Rico and the island’s experience with economic development but also will enhance the very few existing anthropological studies of fishing and coastal communities in Latin America and the Caribbean."--Maria Luz Cruz-Torres, University of California, Riverside   Based on anthropological and historical research in Puerto Rico from 1996 to 2002, Pérez's study explains how and why state intervention has retarded the development of small-scale fishing economies by discouraging opportunities for capital accumulation in coastal communities.   Drawing on interviews with fishers, fishery agents and scientists, and government officials, along with household surveys and archival research, Pérez analyzes the rural economic development of the southern coast of the island and documents the contradictory effects of fisheries policy and industrial development in three separate fishing communities. Aided by the marketing strategies of the fisheries to create demand for their products, Puerto Rico's development policy stimulated immigration to fill temporary jobs, but this situation resulted in serious degradation of the coastal environment and fishery resources upon which the local population depended. Government intervention in fisheries policy also created contradictions between fisheries development and modernization on the one hand and conservation of fish stocks and resources influencing them on the other.   Pérez employs a variety of historical and ethnographic methods to shape an analysis extending beyond Puerto Rican fisheries to illuminate the discouraging interplay between household-based production regimes, intermittent infusions of state funds and expertise, and the strong stimulant of large-scale, though temporary, development projects.  

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