Job Satisfaction Among Fishers in the Dominican Republic


This paper reflects on the results of a job satisfaction study of small-scale fishers in the Dominican Republic. The survey results suggest that, although fishers are generally satisfied with their occupations, they also have serious concerns. These concerns include anxieties about the level of earnings, the condition of marine resources and the performance of government officials engaged in management. Such worries are offset, at least to some degree, by high levels of satisfaction regarding the communities of which respondents are part, as well as the healthfulness and worth of the job. The ambivalence characterising fishers’ views of their occupation carries through in their responses to general questions on willingness to shift to another type of fishing, leave the occupation altogether and advise young persons to enter fishing. However, the survey results also indicate significant variation between different parts of the coastline.

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    The term métier is defined as fishing operations carried out by vessels with similar characteristics and fishing gear, targeting the same species in one area (ICES, 2003).

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    Parallel studies making use of the same list of survey items were carried out under the auspices of the ECOST project in various other countries of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. See Bavinck, Pollnac, Failler and Monnereau (this volume) for a description of the research methodology.

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    The six provinces were: Monte Cristi, Puerto Plata, Espaillat, María Trinidad Sánchez y Samaná, along the North Coast and La Altagracia on the East Coast.

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    See Decrees 302, 1987; 343, 1987; 122, 1987, 334; 1989.


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Ruiz, V. Job Satisfaction Among Fishers in the Dominican Republic. Soc Indic Res 109, 81–94 (2012).

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  • Job satisfaction
  • Small-scale fisheries
  • Caribbean region
  • Dominican Republic
  • Metier