chapter  IX
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It should be clear from the preceding chapters that one of the important features of the fisheries in Shingū is the lack of potential recruits to the fishing vessels. The number of fishermen has been reduced from about 150 in 80-100 households to only 40 in 30 households. Why is this so? What are the limitations to growth in Shingū’s fisheries? I will in this chapter make an attempt to construct a model which can depict the possibilities of growth and decline. We have to analyse the opportunities the actors have of allocating their resources, and the rewards and entailments of fishing activities compared to other activities. In other words, we cannot see the fisheries in Shingū in isolation and thus we have to relate our model also to the external world.