Fleet Restructuring, Rent Generation and the Design of Individual Transferable Fishing Quota Programs: Empirical Evidence from the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
This article characterizes anticipated changes in fleet structure, individual vessel harvesting activity, and economic performance in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery under an individual fishing quota management program. Results suggest that the current fleet of 117 vessels will be reduced by roughly 50% - 66% to 40-60 vessels, resulting in annual cost savings of $18 - $22 million (based on 2004 price and cost estimates). However, cost savings could be significantly less if restrictions on quota trading across vessels are incorporated into the program design. Alternative modes of taxing fishing revenues to fund program administration and their impact on fleet size and total fishery value under quota management are also studied. We conclude that individual fishing quotas, if carefully designed, can be an attractive alternative for management of the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery.
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|Date of creation:||01 Jan 2010|
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|Publication status:||Published in Marine Resource Economics, January 2010, vol. 24, pp. 329-359|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: Iowa State University, Dept. of Economics, 260 Heady Hall, Ames, IA 50011-1070|
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