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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-54

Profile and influence of the successful fisher-Inventor of marine conservation technology


School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

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Lekelia D Jenkins
School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
USA
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-4923.62677

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Anecdotally it is often said that fishers are the best inventors of marine conservation technologies. In this paper I describe case studies of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and dolphin conservation technology, offering empirical evidence that fishers are successful inventors of marine conservation technology. I describe the Local Inventor Effect, in which adoption of a technology is disproportionately high in the geographic area near the inventor's home. In one case, the adoption of a local invention was 600% higher than that of the next most popular device. Further, I present the Successful Inventor Profile for inventors of marine conservation technologies. This profile consists of three characteristics (1) a successful conservation technology inventor will have extensive experience relevant to the problem and potential solutions, (2) he or she will have extensive experience in fabrication, and (3) he or she will have the ability and tendency to employ mental and/or physical models, to assemble and refine inventions.


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