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Trading Zones and Interactional ExpertiseCreating New Kinds of Collaboration$
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Michael E. Gorman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014724

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014724.001.0001

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The Evolution of a Trading Zone: A Case Study of the Turtle Excluder Device

The Evolution of a Trading Zone: A Case Study of the Turtle Excluder Device

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Trading Zones and Interactional Expertise

Lekelia D. Jenkins

The MIT Press

Sea turtles are an endangered species, while shrimping is the most profitable U.S. fishery. Thus, the incidental death of sea turtles in shrimp trawls (a problem generally known as bycatch) became one of most controversial problems ever confronted by U.S. fisheries management. Each stakeholder—from politicians to schoolchildren, fishers to environmentalists, and scientists to fisheries managers—had differing opinions on how best to resolve the problem, and cooperation between groups was critical to a successful solution, which came in the form of a turtle excluder device (TED)—a type of turtle escape hatch in the shrimp net. This chapter describes examples of fractionated and enforced trading zones as they played out in the TED case study. It offers evidential support for the hypothetical portrayal of the evolution of a trading zone proposed by Collins, Evans, and Gorman (2007) by organizing the case study within the trading zone model, thus showing the evolution from institutional power to boundary object to interactional expertise.

Keywords:   sea turtles, shrimping, bycatch, turtle excluder device, trading zone

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