Employment and salary of Nordic coastal fishermen

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Fishers are often perceived to be poor, and low income levels are used to justify subsidies and other types of direct and indirect income support to maintain coastal communities. In this study we investigate fishers’ income levels in four Nordic countries; Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden for different types of fishers and vessels and in comparison to alternative occupations. The most important result is that fishers in these countries are doing relatively well, and only in Sweden is the fishers’ average income level below the average national income. Within the fleets, there are substantial differences. Owners of coastal vessels tend to have the lowest income, and also lower than crews. Owners as well as crews on larger vessels tend to do much better and in the largest fishing nations, Iceland and Norway, very well.



Salary and employment in Swedish coastal fisheries

This chapter contains seven sections. Following the introduction, the framework conditions for the Swedish coastal fisheries are presented, followed by a discussion of the data underlying all indicators and analyses in the Swedish case study in section 3. The fourth section contains a presentation of socio-economic indicators for the Swedish fishery. In the fifth section, differences between coastal and large-scale fisheries are analysed. Since Sweden has a large fresh water fishery, this is presented separately from the marine fisheries. Section six contains an econometric analysis of why Swedish fishermen exit the fishing sector, while the last section sums up the conclusions of the chapter.


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