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How to Resolve the Class II Common Property Problem? The Case of British Columbia's Multi-Species Groundfish Traw

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  • R. Quentin Grafton

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    (Australian National University, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government)

  • Harry W. Nelson
  • Bruce Turris

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It is 20 years since Munro and Scott identified the causes and possible remedies for the dissipation of rents in fisheries. We analyse one of the solutions proposed by Munro and Scott by using insights from the British Columbia multi-species groundfish trawl fishery that has used ITQs since 1997. The history of this fishery shows that even the most difficult management problems including by-catch, equity concerns, concentration of quota holdings and vessel overages can be mitigated with the appropriate mix of incentives, monitoring and enforcement.

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Paper provided by Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network in its series Economics and Environment Network Working Papers with number 0506.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2005
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Handle: RePEc:anu:eenwps:0506

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  1. R. Quentin Grafton & Ragnar Arnason & Trond Bjorndal & David Campbell & Harry F. Campbell & Colin W. Clark & Robin Connor & Diane P. Dupont & Rognvaldur Hannesson & Ray Hilborn & James E. Kirkley & To, 2005. "Incentive-based approaches to sustainable fisheries (now replaced by EEN0508)," Economics and Environment Network Working Papers 0501, Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network.
  2. Sanchirico, James & Holland, Daniel & Quigley, Kathryn & Fina, Mark, 2005. "Analysis of Flexibility Mechanisms for Quota-Catch Balancing in Multispecies Individual Fishing Quotas," Discussion Papers dp-05-54, Resources For the Future.

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