Is it really that easy for whole and sometimes rather remote communities to retrain and adjust to new kinds of economic pursuits? Is government help really at hand and is their advice welcome? It would be useful to include real experiences of this, but I suspect many fishing villages fear they are being literally left out to dry. As you say in another article in the same edition ("Problems of scale", book review), fishing is an ancient economic activity. But more than that, the sea is a culture apart and a way of life.
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