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Important factors influencing rule compliance in fisheries lessons from Denmark


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  • Raakjær Nielsen, Jesper
  • Mathiesen, Christoph
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    This article presents the results of a research project, which has focussed on Danish fishers' acceptance of imposed fisheries regulations and their respect for the management system. The research has applied the analytical framework developed by Raakjær Nielsen (Mar. Policy, in press). The research has focussed on three Danish fisheries: the cod fishery in the Baltic Sea, the demersal and Nephrops fishery in Kattegat and the fishery for non-human consumption species in the North Sea. Five factors have a major impact on rule compliance in Danish fisheries: (1) the economic gains to be obtained; (2) deterrence and sanctions; (3) compatibility between regulations and fishing practises and patterns; (4) efficacy of imposed regulations; (5) norms and morals of the individual fisher. In addition, there are indications that participation of fishers in the management process stimulates rule compliance.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Marine Policy.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 5 (September)
    Pages: 409-416

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:27:y:2003:i:5:p:409-416

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    Keywords: Compliance Fisheries management Legitimacy Danish fisheries Fishers' behaviour;


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    Cited by:
    1. Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2005. "Regulation and Evolution of Compliance in Common Pool Resources," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 107(3), pages 583-599, 09.
    2. Alessandro Tavoni & Maja Schlüter & Simon Levin, 2011. "The survival of the conformist: social pressure and renewable resource management," Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment Working Papers 35, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.
    3. Anastasios Xepapadeas, 2003. "Regulation and Evolution of Harvesting Rules and Compliance in Common Pool Resources," Economic Working Papers at Centro de Estudios Andaluces E2003/39, Centro de Estudios Andaluces.


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