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Trust and Influence in the Gulf of Mexico’s Fishery Public Management Network

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NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, Tallahassee, FL 32307, USA
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Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, TX 78412, USA
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Department of Political Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
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Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Technology Sydney, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia
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ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, QLD 4811, Australia
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Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9, Canada
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School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX 78520, USA
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Sustainability 2019, 11(21), 6090; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216090
Received: 9 September 2019 / Revised: 18 October 2019 / Accepted: 29 October 2019 / Published: 1 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Natural Resource Management)
Sustainable fishery management is a complex multi-sectoral challenge requiring substantial interagency coordination, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. While scholars of public management network theory and natural resource management have identified trust as one of the key ideational network properties that facilitates such interaction, relatively few studies have operationalized and measured the multiple dimensions of trust and their influence on collaboration. This article presents the results of an exploratory study examining the Gulf of Mexico fishery management network comprised of more than 30 stakeholder organizations. Using an empirically validated survey instrument, the distribution of four types of trust, three gradations of influence, and the degree of formality and informality in actor communications were assessed across the fishery public management network. The analysis reveals generally low levels of interorganizational procedural trust and a high degree of network fragmentation along the international border. Civil servants based at U.S. organizations reported nearly no interactions with Mexican agencies, and vice versa. Rational (calculative) trust was the most important in bringing about reported change in other organizations, while dispositional distrust and affinitive (relational) trust also had significant effects. The results suggest that, although transactional interorganizational relationships prevail in Gulf of Mexico fishery governance, well-developed professional relationships contribute meaningfully to the reported success of public fishery network management and warrants further policy attention in order to help ensure sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: Gulf of Mexico; fishery governance; trust; ecosystem-based management; policy network Gulf of Mexico; fishery governance; trust; ecosystem-based management; policy network
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Lima, A.; Kim, D.; Song, A.M.; Hickey, G.M.; Temby, O. Trust and Influence in the Gulf of Mexico’s Fishery Public Management Network. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6090. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216090

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Lima A, Kim D, Song AM, Hickey GM, Temby O. Trust and Influence in the Gulf of Mexico’s Fishery Public Management Network. Sustainability. 2019; 11(21):6090. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216090

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Lima, Anthony; Kim, Dongkyu; Song, Andrew M.; Hickey, Gordon M.; Temby, Owen. 2019. "Trust and Influence in the Gulf of Mexico’s Fishery Public Management Network" Sustainability 11, no. 21: 6090. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11216090

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