Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

R/PO-04

Environmental protection and watermen communities: Assessing the effects of new initiatives on old ways of life

Principal Investigator: 

Mark Sagoff

Start/End Year: 

1998 to 2000

Institution: 

University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Principal investigator: 

David T. Wasserman, University of Maryland, College Park

Topic(s): 

Description: 

This project seeks to assess, through structured interviews and normative and policy analysis, the prospects for preserving the livelihoods and communities of watermen under a regulatory regime intended to protect natural resources and rural landscapes. The research would examine and evaluate the extent to which laws and regulations designed to conserve resources, prevent sprawl, and preserve rural landscapes can promote the viability of traditional fishing communities. It will also analyze the regulatory environment in which watermen operate to evaluate the extent to which it promotes or inhibits the survival of their communities.