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Dire Straits

The Dilemmas of a Fishery: The Case of Digby Neck and the Islands

by (author) Anthony Davis

Memorial University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1991
Natural Resources, Cultural, Social & Behavioral
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The Atlantic Canadian fisheries are in the throes of a resource and management crisis. Here is a thorough but accessible case study of a community forced to confront technological and social change. Looking at a southwest Nova Scotia fishery, Dire Straits documents changes directed by state development policies and local socio-economic conditions. It profiles the intended and unintended consequences of change, with a particular focus on local-level perceptions and responses. While salient to specialist interests, Dire Straits has been written with the general reader and undergraduate student in mind. Both general readers and decision makers are offered valuable insights into issues that fishing dependent regions everywhere are now compelled to face on a daily basis.

About the author

Social Anthropologist Anthony Davis was born and raised in Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree at St. Mary's University in Halifax, his M.A. at the University of Manitoba, and his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Dr. Davis has researched and written about fisheries issues for the past sixteen years, with articles appearing in scholarly journals, fishing industry publications and newspapers. He is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he continues to research and write about fisheries issues and life in small boat fishing communities. 

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