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Small Scale Fisheries, Dolphins and Societal Challenges: A Case Study in the City of Volos, Greece

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Department of Sociology, School of Liberal Art and Sciences, Deree—The American College of Greece, 15342 Aghia Paraskevi, Greece
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School of Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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ARION—Cetacean Rescue and Rehabilitation Research Center, Bizaniou 9, 54640 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, School of Agricultural Sciences, University of Thessaly, 38446 Volos, Greece
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Conservation 2021, 1(2), 81-90; https://doi.org/10.3390/conservation1020007
Received: 15 April 2021 / Revised: 2 May 2021 / Accepted: 4 May 2021 / Published: 11 May 2021
Existing literature on dolphin-fisheries interaction focused on Greece reveals both an undeveloped area for research, but also a lack of relevant data in this field. Although imperative, relevant research has been slow on innovation and cooperation among universities, official bureaus, and NGOs that are obliged to work together as European and national laws dictate. Most of the research in this new field focuses on the interaction between marine mammals and local fisheries, suggesting that this relationship may be problematic for both parties since the former are being treated (at least occasionally) with brutality, while the latter try to deal with economic loss. Dolphins and fishermen operate within the same ecological niches for their survival, the main area of conflict being nutritious fish. Anthropological research on ethnic identity has long dealt with antagonistic relationships over resources between adjacent groups of people. Marine biologists’ research in Greece focuses on the human factor, and some of its shortcomings may well be seen as the result of limited, or an absence of, training in social sciences. This article attempts to draw from anthropological theory to shed light on a particular symbiosis between humans and dolphins. Multidisciplinary approaches gain ground in a wide range of research interests and seem to be fruitful in terms of theoretical and practical results. View Full-Text
Keywords: Volos; small scale fisheries; dolphins Volos; small scale fisheries; dolphins
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Pardalis, S.V.; Komnenou, A.; Exadactylos, A.; Gkafas, G.A. Small Scale Fisheries, Dolphins and Societal Challenges: A Case Study in the City of Volos, Greece. Conservation 2021, 1, 81-90. https://doi.org/10.3390/conservation1020007

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Pardalis SV, Komnenou A, Exadactylos A, Gkafas GA. Small Scale Fisheries, Dolphins and Societal Challenges: A Case Study in the City of Volos, Greece. Conservation. 2021; 1(2):81-90. https://doi.org/10.3390/conservation1020007

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Pardalis, Stergios V., Anastasia Komnenou, Athanasios Exadactylos, and Georgios A. Gkafas 2021. "Small Scale Fisheries, Dolphins and Societal Challenges: A Case Study in the City of Volos, Greece" Conservation 1, no. 2: 81-90. https://doi.org/10.3390/conservation1020007

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