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New Zealand׳s quota management system – incoherent and conflicted


  • Torkington, Barry


This opinion piece offers a critique of New Zealand׳s approach to regulating commercial use of marine resources through the Quota Management System (QMS). The author writes from the perspective of long involvement in the commercial fishing industry as well as the aquaculture sector and fisheries management. Although New Zealand׳s fisheries management system is viewed by many as a successful model for other fishing nations to follow, the analysis here shows that it has embedded a perverse, rent-based management system that has created incentives for dominant actors to maximize low value-added extractive activity, often in very wasteful ways.

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  • Torkington, Barry, 2016. "New Zealand׳s quota management system – incoherent and conflicted," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 63(C), pages 180-183.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:63:y:2016:i:c:p:180-183
    DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2015.03.017

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    1. Bess, Randall, 2006. "New Zealand seafood firm competitiveness in export markets: The role of the quota management system and aquaculture legislation," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(4), pages 367-378, July.
    2. 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.
    3. Pearse, Peter H. & Walters, Carl J., 1992. "Harvesting regulation under quota management systems for ocean fisheries : Decision making in the face of natural variability, weak information, risks and conflicting incentives," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 16(3), pages 167-182, May.
    4. Clark, Ian, 1993. "Individual transferable quotas: the New Zealand experience," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 17(5), pages 340-342, September.
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