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The paradox of fairness: The impact of escalating complexity on fishery management

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  • Healey, MC
  • Hennessey, T
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    In the US and Canada, a commitment to fairness leads to overly complex management regimes that contribute to overexploitation. We illustrate the pattern of increasing complexity in the Scotia/Fundy groundfish fishery in Atlantic Canada, the New England groundfish fishery and the Fraser River salmon fishery in British Columbia, all of which have collapsed or declined in recent years. Increasing complexity proceeds inexorably in publicly managed fisheries. However, the alternatives of transferring ownership to individual fishers or fishing communities appear not to be viable solutions. Rather, we suggest a co-management approach which may be unfair to some fishers but will greatly reduce the pressure to overfish.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Marine Policy.

    Volume (Year): 22 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 109-118

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:22:y:1998:i:2:p:109-118

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    Keywords: fairness fishery management Canadian and US fisheries overfishing;

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    1. H. Stouten & A. Heene & X. Gellynck & H. Polet, 2008. "The effect of restrictive policy instruments on Belgian fishing fleet dynamics," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 08/540, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.

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