Caught in the Net
The Conflict between Shrimpers and Conservationists
Environmental History - Business History
6 x 9, 176 pp.
3 b&w photos., 2 line drawings., Map., 7 tables.
Pub Date: 01/01/1996
Kenneth E. Montague Series in Oil and Business History
  cloth
Price:        $32.50 s

978-0-89096-669-3

Published by Texas A&M University Press

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Caught in the Net

The Conflict between Shrimpers and Conservationists

By Anthony V. Margavio, Craig J. Forsyth, Shirley Laska and James Mason

In the summer and fall of 1989, hundreds of shrimpers captained their vessels into position to blockade the ports and waterways of the Gulf of Mexico. These shrimpers, challenging the use of Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) required to protect turtles from being caught in shrimp nets, felt themselves caught in the net of government regulation.

Their action, the largest protest over marine resources in the history of the United States, was only the most visible response to a highly charged conflict.

Caught in the Net examines how national environmental groups identified a threat to sea turtles, spearheaded a drive to protect them, and saw their efforts result in the federal government's requirement that shrimpers use TEDs. The authors analyze the conflict that arose in reaction to the new regulations, highlighting the complex of alliances that developed.

Based on extensive interviews with the participants, Caught in the Net highlights the modern ambiguities and tensions between environmental protection and those whose lives are based on what the environment offers.

ANTHONY V. MARGAVIO teaches sociology at the University of New Orleans.CRAIG J. FORSYTH is a professor of sociology at Southwestern Louisiana University.SHIRLEY LASKA was recently named vice chancellor of research at the University of New Orleans.JAMES MASON is pursuing his doctorate at Cornell University.

What Readers Are Saying:

“Rarely does a single book…reveal such a wide range of social and cultural issues. This book does that in clear, straight-forward, illuminating language which speaks to informed citizens…”--Jerome J. Salomone

“Rarely does a single book…reveal such a wide range of social and cultural issues. This book does that in clear, straight-forward, illuminating language which speaks to informed citizens…” --Jerome J. Salomone

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