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An evaluation of self-governance in the New Zealand Bluff oyster fishery – The indicator system approach

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  • Yang, Yuwen
  • Cullen, Ross
  • Hearnshaw, Edward
  • Macdonald, Ian A.

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The use of self-governance as a fisheries management tool is increasing in New Zealand and elsewhere. Researchers argue that in theory self-governance can lead to improved outcomes, but evaluating actual benefits is difficult because of the need to distinguish self-governance impacts from other influences on fisheries performance. An indicator system was developed in this paper to evaluate the contribution of selfgovernance to the performance of the Bluff Oyster fishery (OYU5), which is also managed under New Zealand's Quota Management System. There is evidence that self-governance makes a positive contribution to economic efficiency, institutional effectiveness and resource preservation in the Bluff Oyster fishery.

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  • Yang, Yuwen & Cullen, Ross & Hearnshaw, Edward & Macdonald, Ian A., 2014. "An evaluation of self-governance in the New Zealand Bluff oyster fishery – The indicator system approach," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 273-282.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:43:y:2014:i:c:p:273-282
    DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2013.06.010
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