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Anecdotally it is often said that fi shers 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 fi shers 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 localdoi:10.4103/0972-4923.62677 fatcat:v2dvemwdfzhyrm37oelt6xm6zi