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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.

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Salary and employment in Danish coastal fisheries

This chapter contains five sections after this introduction. In section two the framework conditions for the Danish coastal fisheries are presented with key numbers and a description of the Danish fisheries management. In section three, the data underlying all indicators and analyses in the Danish case study is presented and discussed. Section four goes through salary and employment figures for the Danish coastal fishermen and compare them to other Danish fisheries. Section five contains an econometric analysis of why Danish coastal fishermen leave the fishing sector. Section six concludes the Danish case study.

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