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Evidence of cultural group selection in territorial lobstering in Maine

Relatively little is known about how resource conservation practices and institutions emerge. We examine the historical emergence of territoriality and conservation rules in Maine’s lobstering industry, using a cultural evolutionary perspective. Cultural evolution suggests that cultural adaptations such as practices and institutions arise as a result of evolutionary selection...

Fishing failure and success in the Gulf of Maine: lobster and groundfish management

albidus). Acknowledgements This article draws on research conducted over the last 40 years which was supported by a number of major grants: 19771980, National Science Foundation (James Acheson, PI ... ), University of Rhode Island-University of Maine Study of Social and Cultural Aspects of Fisheries Management under Extended Jurisdiction (grant number AER 7706018); 19972002, NOAA/SEA GRANT (James Acheson, PI

Attitudes toward Offshore Wind Power in the Midcoast Region of Maine

information on Mainers’ opinions about offshore wind power. In this article, James Acheson provides information on the range of public opinion about offshore wind power based on a survey of fishermen, tourism

Ostrom for anthropologists

Elinor Ostrom has devoted much of her career to understanding the conditions under which people have incentives to conserve or over-exploit common-pool resources (e.g., oceans, air, irrigation, unowned forests and grassland). While a growing number of anthropologists have taken an interest in this critically important topic, her work is not well known to many anthropologists...

Maine land: Private property and hunting commons

authors are indebted to the Anthropology Program of the National Science Foundation for supporting the research on which this article is based (Grant Number 0449529, James Acheson P.I.). We would like to

Evolution of the Maine Lobster Co-management Law

: Most of the research on which this article is based was done in the course of a project entitled “Case Studies in Co-management,” sponsored by the University of Maine Sea Grant Program, James Acheson