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Potential Rent and Overcapacity in the Swedish Baltic Sea Trawl Fishery

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  • Eggert, Håkan

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    (Department of Economics, School of Economics and Commercial Law, Göteborg University)

  • Tveterås, Ragnar

    (Stavanger University)

Abstract

Many EU fisheries have problems with depleted stocks and fleet overcapacity following from regulated open access regimes. Some EU countries have introduced Individual Vessel Quotas (IVQs), which can stop the race to catch and provide the fishers with incentives to minimize costs for a given catch. We model an IVQ fishery using a cost function approach and apply the methodology to the Swedish cod fishery in the Baltic Sea. We estimate a translog cost function for a data set of Swedish trawlers and assess the potential gains from a structural adjustment of the fleet. Results suggest potential cost savings of SEK 140 millions and a desirable fleet reduction of 25% for the Swedish Baltic Sea cod fishery.

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Paper provided by University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers in Economics with number 152.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 10 Dec 2004
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Publication status: Published in ICES Journal of Marine Science, 2007, pages 439-445.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:gunwpe:0152

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Keywords: cost function; efficiency gains; individual vessel quotas; Swedish fisheries;

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  2. Christine Roeckmann & Uwe A. Schneider & Michael A. St.John & Richard S.J. Tol, 2006. "Rebuilding the Eastern Baltic cod stock under environmental change - Part II: The economic viability of a marine protected area," Working Papers FNU-106, Research unit Sustainability and Global Change, Hamburg University, revised May 2006.
  3. Sigbjorn Tveteras & Carlos Paredes & Julio Peña, 2011. "Individual Fishing Quotas in Peru: Stopping the Race for Anchovies," ILADES-Georgetown University Working Papers inv263, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines.
  4. Elofsson, Katarina & Bengtsson, Goran & Gren, Ing-Marie, 2011. "Optimal Management of Invasive Species with Different Reproduction and Survival Strategies," 2011 International Congress, August 30-September 2, 2011, Zurich, Switzerland 114343, European Association of Agricultural Economists.

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