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Modeling Disaster: The Failure of Management of the New England Groundfish Industry

James M. Acheson and Roy Gardner
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James M. Acheson: University of Maine

No 23, Discussion Papers from Kyiv School of Economics

Abstract: Most of the worlds' marine fisheries are overexploited or endangered, including the New England groundfishery, once one of the world’s most prolific. After 35 years of management, stock sizes and catches are lower now than ever. We argue that New England groundfishermen are caught in a prisoner’s dilemma, from which they have failed to escape. We then suggest a set of policies to get these groudnfishermen out of their dilemma.

Keywords: Fishermen's dilemma; fishery management; New England fisheries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-04
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Note: Revise and resubmit at the National Maritime Fisheries Journal
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