Policy, Processors, and Boats: Fishing In Modern Iceland
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1982, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 4, Issue 2, pages 31–47, December 1982
How to Cite
Durrenberger, E. P. and Palsson, G. (1982), Policy, Processors, and Boats: Fishing In Modern Iceland. Central Issues in Anthropology, 4: 31–47. doi: 10.1525/cia.1918.104.22.168
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
We argue that to understand fishing in modern Iceland, it must be contexualized in terms of a system which includes three subsystems: (1) production–catching and processing, (2) distribution–selling processed fish internationally, (3) policy–establishing fishing areas, gear, periods, prices, quotas, and attempts to influence policy. We briefly outline the components of this system in contemporary Iceland. We conclude that if comparative studies of fishing are to be useful, they must go beyond comparisons of fishing boats to comparisons of fishing systems.