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Benchmarking for Fisheries Governance

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  • R. Quentin Grafton

    () (Australian National University, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government)

  • Tom Kompas

    () (Australian National University, Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government)

  • Richard McLoughlin

    (Australian Fisheries Management Authority)

  • Nick Rayns

    (Australian Fisheries Management Authority)

Abstract

The paper develops a benchmarking framework to improve fisheries governance and promote resilient ecosystems and profitable fisheries. The benchmarking includes five key components: accountability; transparency; incentives; risk assessment and management; and adaptability. Collectively, these factors provide a framework to benchmark and improve fisheries governance. Initial findings from benchmarking in two of Australia's Commonwealth fisheries indicate that the framework provides an important tool to help overcome the underlying causes of unsustainability in capture fisheries - poor and/or ineffective fisheries governance.

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  • R. Quentin Grafton & Tom Kompas & Richard McLoughlin & Nick Rayns, 2006. "Benchmarking for Fisheries Governance," Economics and Environment Network Working Papers 0608, Australian National University, Economics and Environment Network.
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    1. Quentin Grafton, R., 2010. "Adaptation to climate change in marine capture fisheries," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 606-615, May.
    2. Le Floc’h, Pascal & Murillas, Arantza & Aranda, Martin & Daurès, Fabienne & Fitzpatrick, Mike & Guyader, Olivier & Hatcher, Aaron & Macher, Claire & Marchal, Paul, 2015. "The regional management of fisheries in European Western Waters," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 375-384.
    3. Kirby, David Seán & Ward, Peter, 2014. "Standards for the effective management of fisheries bycatch," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 419-426.
    4. Brown, Alistair M., 2015. "A reporting compliance of national Fisheries Authority of Papua New Guinea," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 196-201.
    5. R. Quentin Grafton & Tom Kompas, 2014. "Three Pillars of Fisheries Policy," Asia and the Pacific Policy Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 1(3), pages 609-614, September.
    6. Purcell, S.W. & Lovatelli, A. & Pakoa, K., 2014. "Constraints and solutions for managing Pacific Island sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 240-250.

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    Keywords

    fisheries; governance; sustainability;

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    • Q00 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General - - - General

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