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Table 1

Variables and values used to construct ordinal regression models to analyze the level of satisfaction of sea cucumber fishers on their buyers and existing sea cucumber management measures in the three coastal regions of Sri Lanka.

Type of variable Variable Values
Dependent variables Level of satisfaction of fishers on their buyers/Level of satisfaction of fishers on existing sea cucumber management measures management 0 − Highly dissatisfied
1 − Dissatisfied
2 − Not satisfied or dissatisfied
3 − Satisfied
4 − Highly satisfied
Independent variable    
Factor variables Fishing regions 1 − North-west fishing region
2 − Northern fishing region
3 − North-east fishing regions
  Ethnicity 1 − Sinhala Buddhist
2 − Sinhala Christian
3 − Tamil Hindu
4 − Tamil Christian
5 − Muslims
  Fishing methods 1 − Snorkeling
2 − SCUBA diving
3 − Gleaning
4 − Using surrounding nets
Covariates Age In years
  Level education 0 − No school education
1 − Grade 1 to 5
2 − Grade 6 to G.C.E (O/L)
3 − Up to G.C.E A/L
  Annual income In thousand US$

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