Korda R, Gray T, Kirk-Adams D & Stead S (2021) Addressing Low Rates of Attendance Within Fisher Focus Groups: Reflections from Inshore Fisheries Research in England. In: Gustavsson M, White CS, Phillipson J & Ounanian K (eds.) Researching People and the Sea: Methodologies and Traditions. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 115-136. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-59601-9_6
This chapter investigates a methodological failing that arose during recent doctoral research on the English small-scale, inshore fisheries sector. Poor rates of attendance by fishers in focus group discussions resulted in several sessions being cancelled and limited participation at others. The chapter examines two important questions. Firstly, could the challenges encountered have been resolved through more careful preparation? Secondly, are the issues experienced the result of deep-rooted barriers that deter potential participants from attending, and if so, does this mean that focus groups are an ill-suited method for obtaining meaningful data in these alienated and marginalised communities?
|Funders||University of Exeter|
|Publication date online||16/02/2021|
|Place of publication||Cham, Switzerland|