James R. McGoodwin (Ph. D. 1973, University of Texas)

For most of my career I have focused on fishing communities and fisheries management.  My field work has taken me all over the world—from hot-humid tropics to Arctic regions—where I have worked with indigenous, rural, and modern-contemporary fishing people.  My current research explores the development of fisheries policies for high-latitude regions, where the impacts of global warming and climatic change are forecast to be especially severe.  And as a fisheries-policy analyst, I am sometimes asked by international organizations to share anthropological perspectives regarding fishing communities.

At CU-Boulder, I regularly offered an advanced course, The Anthropology of Fishing. I also offered courses stemming from some of my other interests, including Maritime People - Seafarers and Fishers, The Anthropology of Hunting, and The Ethnography of Mexico.

Russ McGoodwin

Selected Publications:

  • 2007 “Effects of climatic variability on three fishing economies in high-latitude regions: Implications for fisheries policies.” Marine Policy 31: 40-55.

  • 2004 “Mehr Liebe für den Fisch: Mit Respekt vor den Fischen gegen die Fischereikrise der Welt.” der Űberblick 2: 63-66.

  • 2001 Understanding the Cultures of Fishing Communities: A Key to Fisheries Management and Food Security. FAO Fisheries Technical Paper 401. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. 287 pp. (including case studies by Tomoya Akimichi, Menakhem Ben-Yami, Milton M.R. Freeman, John Kurien, Richard W. Stoffle, and David Thomson).

  • 1999 “Tell Them We’re Hurting”: Hurricane Andrew, the culture of response, and the fishing peoples of South Florida and Louisiana,” (with Christopher L. Dyer), chapter 11, pp. 213-231 in Anthony Oliver-Smith and Susanna M. Hoffman, eds., The Angry Earth: Disaster in Anthropological Perspective. New York: Routledge.

  • 1996 “Re-opening Newfoundland’s fisheries -- from the ground up.” World Fishing 45 (11): November: 15-19.

  • 1994 (with Christopher L. Dyer, co-ed.) Folk Management in the World’s Fisheries: Lessons for Modern Fisheries Management. Niwot, Colorado: University Press of Colorado. Cloth, 347 pp.

  • 1992. “Human Responses to Weather-induced Catastrophes in a West Mexican Fishery.” Pp. 167-184. In: Michael H. Glantz, ed., Climate Variability, Climate Change, and Fisheries. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • 1990 Crisis in the World’s Fisheries: People, Problems, and Policies. Stanford: Stanford University Press. Cloth, 235 pp., with 40 black-and-white photographs.

  • 1987 “Mexico’s Conflictual Inshore Pacific Fisheries: Problem Analysis and Policy Recommendations.” Human Organization 46 (3): 221-232.

  • 1986 “The Tourism-Impact Syndrome in Developing Coastal Communities: A Mexican Case. Coastal Zone Management Journal 14 (½): 131-146 (Special Issue:“Leisure in the Coastal Zone - Part I”).