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A decade of ITQ-management in Icelandic fisheries: consolidation without consensus


  • Eythórsson, Einar


Icelandic fisheries have been managed by individual transferable quotas (ITQs) for a decade but there is still no consensus about the quota issue. Distributional effects of ITQs, in terms of income distribution between owner and crew, and the vulnerability of fisheries communities short of quota, have been in the centre of the debate. The author discusses changes in stakeholder involvement in policy-making, conflicts of interest and legal disputes linked to the ITQ-system. By way of conclusion, some options for resolving conflicts and reaching consensus on the fisheries management issue are discussed.

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  • Eythórsson, Einar, 2000. "A decade of ITQ-management in Icelandic fisheries: consolidation without consensus," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 24(6), pages 483-492, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:24:y:2000:i:6:p:483-492

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    1. Simmons, Glenn & Stringer, Christina, 2014. "New Zealand׳s fisheries management system: Forced labour an ignored or overlooked dimension?," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 50(PA), pages 74-80.
    2. Claire Armstrong, 2008. "Using history dependence to design a dynamic tradeable quota system under market imperfections," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 39(4), pages 447-457, April.
    3. Keisaku Higashida & Kenta Tanaka & Shunsuke Managi, 2011. "Is the behavior of fishers rational under Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQs) regimes? An Experimental Approach," Discussion Paper Series 73, School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University, revised Aug 2011.
    4. Lucchetti, Alessandro & Piccinetti, Corrado & Meconi, Uriano & Frittelloni, Cristina & Marchesan, Mara & Palladino, Silvia & Virgili, Massimo, 2014. "Transferable Fishing Concessions (TFC): A pilot study on the applicability in the Mediterranean Sea," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 438-447.
    5. Tolley, B. & Hall-Arber, M., 2015. "Tipping the scale away from privatization and toward community-based fisheries: Policy and market alternatives in New England," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 401-409.

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