Faculty Advisor

Dempsey, James

Faculty Advisor

Skorinko, Jeanine

Project Center

Costa Rica


Our project analyzed the application of commercial techniques to subsistence fishing communities, focusing on the island of Venado, where 22 families have formed a cooperative to improve their socioeconomic condition. We accomplished this through interviewing and surveying field experts, members of other cooperatives, members of Coope Isla Venado, and potential consumers. We analyzed the current path of commercialization and concluded that processed products are sold at higher prices and that the use of intermediaries as processors is the main source of profit loss for fishermen. We identified successful business practices of the Costa Rican fishing industry and made recommendations to streamline production and so achieve sustainable commercialization.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies