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Title: The Scottish fishing industry, 1945-1979 : an economic geography
Author: Sheves, Gordon T.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2684 6362
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1979
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Over the post-war period the Scottish fishing industry has undergone significant changes in methodology and structure. In the main these have been in response to changing economic and biological conditions, but more recently political activity has assumed a position of overriding importance in the development of the industry. The biological resource base which supports the Scottish industry is mainly contained within the continental shelf zone of the North Sea and west coast. Temporal and areal variations in the distribution and level of the resource is however an important theme. Directly related to the variability of the resource is the geography of fishing. operations. Although investment in vessels has been subsidised by Government financial assistance schemes throughout the period, economic conditions in the trawl and inshore sectors have affected the development and structure of the fleet. In total numbers, the fleet has declined; but despite the reduction in fishing units the enhanced capabilities of modern vessels has had the effect of increasing landings. The continued growth in total landings however, has only been accomplished by a greater reliance on inferior species, as the resource ceiling of more traditional stocks has been approached. An important influence at all stages in the industry, but particularly in catching, has been the role of institutions. Several levels of political intervention can be identified and increasingly fishing operations are being constrained within a politico-legal framework.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fishing industry ; Fisheries ; Fishing