Fishermen learn to set traps and nets to maximize their harvest, but the rules that govern these behaviors can limit their overall success. Commons management is appealing to our mind’s inclination towards systems that combine fairness and punishment. Both fishermen and sustainability-minded groups want fish stock to be preserved. However, argues Chelsea Hayman, formal conservation policy makes the greatest impact when it considers the significance of fairness and punishment in fishing communities and the breakdown of relationships and successes that occurs when these components are compromised.
Chelsea Hayman received her MSc in Social Anthropology from The London School of Economics. She has worked at community-based nonprofits in her hometown of Baltimore for over three years and currently manages a program called Housing Upgrades to Benefit Seniors, which is based at the organization Civic Works. Her main focus throughout her work has been employee development and coaching, an interest that grew from her concentrated study of the work practices of fishermen in different contexts. Chelsea can be reached at email@example.com.