The purpose of this book is to test the role of ritual as an intervening variable between the risks fishermen face and their job satisfaction as proposed by Pollnac and Poggie (2008). Pollnac and Poggie suggest that ritual functions to reduce the perception and hence the anxiety resulting from risk; thus, increasing their levels of well-being and job satisfaction. There are two types of risk in the fishery: risk to production and risk to person. There are changes occurring that have an impact on such risks. Days at Sea regulations decrease safety and pose a risk to production as well. While it is proposed that new regulations involving the establishment of sectors may increase safety and reduce risk (Petruny-Parker 2008). Taboos among New England fishermen are for the most part responses to the perceived risk associated with protection of life and limb, with only a minority of the taboos associated with production of fish (Poggie 1980, Poggie and Pollnac 1988).