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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Student Research-in-Progress Poster Display. I once caught a fish "THIS BIG": Using Participatory Photovoice to Understand Michigan's Great Lakes Anglers

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AUTHOR: Erin Burkett, Michigan Technological University

ABSTRACT: This student research-in-progress poster outlines the study design for a Michigan Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship project that focuses on the gender-based dynamics of recreational fishing. Men participate in Great Lakes recreational fishing at higher rates than females, but male fishing participation declined over the past 15 years while female fishing participation rates remained steady or even increased. Recruiting more women could partially make up for decreasing male participation, but the social and gender-specific reasons women participate in recreational fishing are not well studied. I will use a qualitative social science research method called Photovoice to explore these drivers because this approach can invoke explanations of social processes that are inaccessible to more quantitative techniques like angler surveys. Photovoice allows research participants, in this case female anglers, to record their angling experiences through pictures and share their values, opinions, and stories through personal narratives that result from reflection and facilitated group discussions. My underlying research questions include: How do female Michigan residents become Great Lakes anglers? What experiences or perceptions shape license-purchasing decisions and continued participation in recreational fishing? What gender-related factors help explain variations in female recreational fishing participation rates in different Michigan counties? This participatory research project might reveal important details about the social conditions that lead women to participate in Great Lakes fishing recreational fishing.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer

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