Using Collaborative Learning, Cultural Models and Dialogue to Advance Co-Management Planning of Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab (Callinectes sapidus) Fishery

Principal Investigator:

Michael Paolisso

Start/End Year:

2002 - 2004


University of Maryland, College Park

Co-Principal Investigator:

Erve Chambers, R. Shawn Maloney, University of Maryland, College Park



The goal of the proposed project is to assist blue crab stakeholders to move beyond current controversy and conflict toward deliberations on co-management of fishery. The specific objectives of the project are: 1) to promote mutual learning and dialogue that can move stakeholders toward deliberations on co-management; 2) to improve relations between watermen and processors, on the one hand, and state natural resource managers and policymakers, non-governmental conservationists, and Bay and blue crab scientists, on the other hand; 3) to apply and evaluate the benefits of integrating cultural model data into a cooperative learning process aimed at working through environmental conflict; 4) to contribute to a growing body of social science studies on integrating community-based knowledge into management approaches for fisheries; 5) to provide timely and accessible information on the progress of the project to a diverse research, policy, educational and industry audience.

Related Publications:

Paolisso, M. 2007. Cultural models and cultural consensus of Chesapeake Bay blue crab and oyster fisheries. NAPA Bulletin28(1):123 -135. doi:10.1525/napa.2007.28.1.123. UM-SG-RS-2007-27.

Michael P. 2003. Chesapeake Bay watermen, weather and blue crabs: cultural models and fishery policies. Strauss, S; Orlove, B, eds. Weather, Climate, Culture. Berg Publishers.Chapter 4:61 -81. UM-SG-RS-2003-34.

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