Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


New England commercial fishermen are organizing to resolve problems among themselves and influence fishery-related decisions at all levels of government. A need emerged for regional fishermen's groups which, with a potential for large membership, substantial financing, and a full-time staff, could speak for the New England fishermen. A national organizing effort could grow from that base. This study details several forms which fishery organizations have taken at local and state levels. Emphasis is then placed on the formation, growth, and operating procedures of the two New England regional efforts.