ITQ’s in Chile: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Reform
AbstractIn 2001 an individual (operationally transferable) quota system was introduced for all the most important industrial fisheries in Chile. This system was put in place after years of declining stocks and over investment. In this paper we describe this reform and estimate related allocative efficiency benefits for the most important industrial fishery in the country, the southern pelagic fishery. Benefits were estimated using a bioeconomic model and Monte Carlo techniques. This approach allows benefits to be estimated using more realistic counterfactual scenarios than just comparing the fishery before and after the reform. Estimated discounted net benefits reach US$123 to US$366 million in the period 2001 to 2020. Fleet size fell from 148 active boats in 2000 to 65 in 2002 as a direct consequence of the reform. Among the interesting features of the recent Chilean experience is the way the political economy of the reform was facilitated by the prior introduction of de facto individual quotas within the framework of fishery research activities. When the authorities closed the southern pelagic fishery because of biological problems between 1997 and 2000, they organized âexperimentalâ fishing expeditions in which participant boats were given the right to fish a certain amount of resources per expedition. This pseudo quota system allowed fishermen to experience directly the benefits of individual quotas and that was instrumental to the political agreement leading to the reform. This successful gradual approach may be of interest to other countries planning to introduce individual quotas. Finally, it is important to note that the Chilean southern industrial pelagic fishery has average catches of over 1.4 million tons a year, making it one of the largest fisheries in the world to be regulated by individual quotas.
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Volume (Year): 48 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
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Bioeconomic model; Pelagic fisheries; Individual transferable quotas; Q22;
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- Andrés Gomez-Lobo & Julio Peña & Patricio Barría, 2007. "ITQ's in Chile: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Reform," ILADES-Georgetown University Working Papers inv179, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines.
- Patricio Barría & Andrés Goméz-Lobo Echeñique & Julio Peña-Torres, 2007. "ITQ’s in Chile: Measuring the Economic Benefits of Reform," Working Papers wp258, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
- Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery
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