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Topics List

These topics are used to code each interview for content when an interview is uploaded to the Voices from the Fisheries Database.  The bolded words are the major topic categories; the unbolded words are the topic areas falling under each major topic area.  When someone searches the database for interviews with information that interests them, they will use these topics to locate interviews.

Commercial fisherman (captain/crew)
Recreational fishermen (charter, guide, party boat operator/crew)
Recreational fisherman -angler
Subsistence fisherman/harvester
Processor owner/operator/worker
Shoreside business owner/operator
Tourism operator
Fisheries Biologist (all kinds)
Social Scientist (all kinds)
Other scientist
Family member
Community leader
General public
Other role
Fisheries Management
Management legislation
Management institutions
Management approaches/practices
Co-management, community-based management
Permits / Licenses
Conservation measures
Invasive species
Endangered, protected or threatened species
Marine Protected Areas
Technical assistance
International treaties and agreements
Other fisheries management
Social and Cultural Characteristics of Fishing
Life aboard a fishing vessel
Relationships with other fishermen
Fishing territories
Informal rules and regulations
Informal allocation systems
Safety practices and beliefs
Socialization/training to be a fisherman
Other social & cultural characteristics of fishing
Gear & Fishing Technology
Pots and traps
Gill net, trammel net
Hook and line
Tongs, rakes, scrapes
Spears, harpoons
Boats, ships, vessels
Other gear & technology
Business and Economics of Fishing & Other Maritime
Making a living
Seasonal round of fishing
Family involvement
Business organization
Costs/operating expenses
Business risks
Financing and investment (short and long term)
Competition (domestic and foreign)
Shoreside support services (docks, repair, etc.)
Obtaining supplies (fuel, bait, ice, gear, etc)
Selling/marketing the catch 
Fish processing/processor employment
Business and economic effects of regulations
Contributions to local economy
Importance to local community/region
Off-season occupations and activities
Ports, harbors, marinas
Ship construction, shipbuilding
Seafood safety
Seafood Retail (e.g., restaurants, services)
Tourism, ecotourism
Other business or economics of fishing
General Social and Cultural Characteristics
Gender roles
Family, family roles, family organization
Social networks (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers)
Community (structure and organization)
Sources of prestige, rank, status
Social stratification
Ethnicity, ethnic Identity
Education (schools, other resources)
Health care resources, practices
Foodways and practices
Beliefs and belief systems (religion, health, and other)
Religious Practices (rituals, magic, taboos, avoidance, and other)
Festivals, ceremonies, tournaments
Leisure time activities (includes recreation, entertainment, sports)
Music & Dance
Arts & crafts
Language, terminology / vocabulary / folk taxonomy
Place names
Other general social & cultural characteristics
Habitat and Other Environmental Characteristics
Environmental change
Unusual environmental phenomena or events
Climate, climate change
Currents, tides
Water quality
Ocean habitat
Fresh water habitat
Coastal zone habitat
Aquatic ecosystems
Fishing banks
Other habitat & environmental characteristics
Species Type
Fish – General
Salmon (all kinds)
Groundfish (e.g., rockfish, cod, haddock, halibut, sole)
Highly migratory species (e.g., tuna, billfish/swordfish, dorado/mahi-mahi)
Coastal pelagic species (e.g., anchovy, herring, mackerel)
Sharks, skates, rays
Lobster, crab, shrimp
Shellfish (e.g., scallops, mussels, clams, oysters)
Sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sea stars
Squid, octopus
Sea turtles
Marine mammals
Sea birds, Shore birds
Seaweed and algae
Corals, sponges
Other species
Species Characteristics
Current population, stock size
Historic population, stock size
Current distribution, range
Historic distribution, range
Migration routes and seasonal patterns
Spawning areas, breeding grounds
Nursery areas
Life cycle stages (e.g., egg, larvae, juvenile, adult)
Species interactions
Extinct species, extinction
Unusual species characteristics, abnormalities
Other species characteristics
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