Salmon by Numbers: Quantification and Understandings of Nature

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dc.contributor.author Bear, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-07T10:32:52Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-07T10:32:52Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.citation Bear , C 2006 , ' Salmon by Numbers: Quantification and Understandings of Nature ' Scottish Geographical Journal , vol 122 , no. 3 , pp. 185 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1751-665X
dc.identifier.other PURE: 120308
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2920
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2920
dc.description Bear, Christopher, (2006), 'Salmon by Numbers: Quantification and Understandings of Nature', Scottish Geographical Journal, 122 (3), pp. 185 – 203 en
dc.description.abstract This paper studies moves to quantify Scotland’s salmon catches, and the reactions and interpretations that these quantifications provoke. The first significant attempts to measure salmon catches developed in the late nineteenth century as fishery managers felt unable to test the effectiveness of management measures they had instituted. Legal provision for the collation of catch statistics was made in the mid-twentieth century. The paper gives a detailed study of what this collection and collation involves. In doing so, and in examining subsequent reactions and interpretations, it demonstrates that the statistics, originating in anglers’ catches but being processed by a scientific laboratory, represent a hybrid knowledge form, which does not conform to traditional classifications of scientific or local. It also examines what happens to the salmon themselves through this process of quantification, individuals caught in various times and places united on a single graph as the total Scottish salmon resource. The paper argues that successful salmon management policies would re-focus on the role of individual fish, as it is these individuals that form the amalgamated catches and with which anglers interact. en
dc.format.extent 185 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Scottish Geographical Journal en
dc.subject Salmon management en
dc.subject Scotland en
dc.subject animal geographies en
dc.subject quantification en
dc.subject knowledge en
dc.title Salmon by Numbers: Quantification and Understandings of Nature en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00369220618737265
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Geography & Earth Sciences en
dc.contributor.institution Other IGES Research en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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