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Incentive-based approaches to sustainable fisheries (now replaced by EEN0508)

R. Quentin Grafton (), Ragnar Arnason (), Trond Bjorndal, David Campbell, Harry Campbell (), Colin W. Clark, Robin Connor, Diane Dupont (), Rognvaldur Hannesson, Ray Hilborn, James E. Kirkley, Tom Kompas (), Daniel E. Lane, Gordon R. Munro, Sean Pascoe (), Dale Squires, Stein Ivar Steinshamn, Bruce R. Turris and Quinn Weninger ()
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Ragnar Arnason: University of Iceland, Department of Economics, http://www.hi.is/~ragnara/documents/Personal/CV.doc

Economics and Environment Network Working Papers from Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network

Abstract: Using examples from more than a dozen fisheries, we highlight the failures of ‘command control’ management and show that approaches that empower fishers with the incentives and the mandate to be co-custodians of the marine environment can promote sustainability. Evidence is provided that where harvesters share well-defined management responsibilities over fish, and experience both the pain of overexploitation and the gains from conservation, they are much more likely to protect fish stocks and habitat. The key insight is that to maintain marine ecosystems for present and future generations, fishing incentives must be compatible with long-term goals of sustainability.

Keywords: incentives; sustainability; rights; fisheries management (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q00 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2005-04
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