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Economic Benefits of Management Reform in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Fishery

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  • Weninger, Quinn
  • Waters, James R.

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Controlled access management in the northern Gulf of Mexico commercial reef fish fishery has not achieved key management objectives. We estimate the economic benefits of replacing controlled access with tradable harvest permits. Results suggest that eliminating market gluts caused by periodic seasonal closures could have raised revenues by $3.206m in 1993, the year of our data. Eliminating per-trip catch limits and seasonal closures could have reduced harvest costs by $8.078m. The total 1993 potential benefits, at $11.284m, suggest property rights-based management is an attractive alternative for the northern Gulf reef fish fishery.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 10828.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2003
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Publication status: Published in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, September 2003, vol. 46 no. 2, pp. 207-230
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:10828

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  1. Weninger, Quinn & Perruso, Larry, 2013. "Fishing behavior across space and time," Staff General Research Papers 35857, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  2. Diekert , Florian & Lund , Kristen & Schweder, Tore, 2014. "From Open-Access to Individual Quotas: Disentangling the Effects of Policy Reform and Environmental Changes in the Norwegian Coastal Cod Fishery," Memorandum 07/2014, Oslo University, Department of Economics.
  3. Junjie Zhang & Martin Smith, 2011. "Heterogeneous Response to Marine Reserve Formation: A Sorting Model approach," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 49(3), pages 311-325, July.
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  13. Weninger, Quinn, 2008. "Individual Fishing Quotas in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico Grouper Fishery: Fleet Restructuring, Effort Reduction and Cost Savings," Staff General Research Papers 12890, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.

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