Blue justice: a survey for eliciting perceptions of environmental justice among coastal planners' and small-scale fishers in Northern-Norway

Engen, Sigrid, Hausner, Vera Helene, Gurney, Georgina G., Broderstad, Else Grete, Keller, Rose, Lundberg, Aase Kristine, Murguzur, Francisco Javier Ancin, Salminen, Emma, Raymond, Christopher M., Falk-Andersson, Jannike, and Fauchald, Per (2021) Blue justice: a survey for eliciting perceptions of environmental justice among coastal planners' and small-scale fishers in Northern-Norway. PLoS ONE, 16 (5). e0251467.

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Abstract

Ocean-based economic development arising from an increasing interest in the ‘blue economy’ is placing ecosystems and small-scale fisheries under pressure. The dominant policy response for dealing with multiple uses is the allocation of coastal space through coastal zone planning (CZP). Recent studies have shown that the rush to develop the blue economy and regulate coastal activity can result in social injustices and the exclusion of less powerful and unrecognized groups (e.g., small-scale fishers, women, Indigenous peoples and youth). To achieve a primary goal of the 2030 sustainable development agenda to “leave no one behind”, it is important to understand the implications of coastal planning and development for these groups. Here, we present a social survey protocol for examining perceptions of justice related to small-scale fisheries (SSF) in the context of the blue economy in coastal areas. Specifically, we designed the survey instrument and sampling protocol to assess whether decisions about the use of the coastal zone over the last five years have i) followed principles of good governance, ii) recognized fishers’ knowledge, culture and rights and iii) been attentive to impacts of changed coastal zone use on fisheries. The survey will engage coastal planners (N = app. 120) and fishers (N = app. 4300) in all the coastal municipalities (N = 81) in Northern-Norway. The sampling protocol is designed to ensure representation of different sectors of society, including those defined by gender, age, ethnicity and occupation (e.g., small-scale fishers, large-scale fishers, coastal planners).

Item ID: 70416
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Copyright Information: © 2021 Engen et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 04:09
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440405 Poverty, inclusivity and wellbeing @ 30%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441012 Sociology of inequalities @ 40%
SEO Codes: 19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190205 Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives) @ 40%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190208 Rights to environmental and natural resources (excl. water allocation) @ 60%
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