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Job Satisfaction Among Fishers in the Dominican Republic


  • Victor Ruiz



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. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012

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  • Victor Ruiz, 2012. "Job Satisfaction Among Fishers in the Dominican Republic," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 109(1), pages 81-94, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:soinre:v:109:y:2012:i:1:p:81-94 DOI: 10.1007/s11205-012-0057-1

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