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Fleet Restructuring, Rent Generation, and the Design of Fishing Quota Programs: Empirical Evidence from the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery


  • Lian, Carl
  • Singh, Rajesh
  • Weninger, Quinn


This article characterizes anticipated changes in fleet structure, 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 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 a program of individual fishing quotas, if carefully designed, can be an attractive alternative for management of the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery.

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  • Lian, Carl & Singh, Rajesh & Weninger, Quinn, 2010. "Fleet Restructuring, Rent Generation, and the Design of Fishing Quota Programs: Empirical Evidence from the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery," Staff General Research Papers Archive 31428, Iowa State University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:31428

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    1. Robert T. Deacon & Dominic P. Parker & Christopher Costello, 2013. "Reforming Fisheries: Lessons from a Self-Selected Cooperative," Journal of Law and Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 56(1), pages 83-125.

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    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation


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