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

LekeliaD Jenkins
2010 Conservation & Society  
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 local
more » ... doption of a local invention was 600% higher than that of the next most popular device. Further, I present the Successful Inventor Profi le for inventors of marine conservation technologies. This profi le 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 refi ne inventions. IP: 71.111.187.206] [Downloaded free from http://www.conservationandsociety.org on Thursday, August 05, 2010, IP: 71.111.187.206] Profi le and infl uence of successful fi sher-inventors / 49
doi:10.4103/0972-4923.62677 fatcat:v2dvemwdfzhyrm37oelt6xm6zi