The skipper effect is the effect of the captain on catch exclusive of boat size, effort, technology, or other external causes. Independent of such an effect there may be an ideology or folk model of a skipper effect. In some fisheries there is both a skipper effect and an ideology of one; in others, neither; in still others, one but not the other. Among Mississippi shrimpers, there is neither a skipper effect nor an ideology of a skipper effect. The lack of a folk model of a skipper effect is related to the relatively great capacity to process shrimp compared to the ability to catch it.

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