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Modeling Disaster: The Failure of Management of the New England Groundfish Industry


  • James M. Acheson

    (University of Maine)

  • Roy Gardner

    () (Indiana University, Kyiv School of Economics)


Most of the worlds' marine fisheries are overexploited or endangered, including the New England groundfishery, once one of the world’s most prolific. After 35 years of management, stock sizes and catches are lower now than ever. We argue that New England groundfishermen are caught in a prisoner’s dilemma, from which they have failed to escape. We then suggest a set of policies to get these groudnfishermen out of their dilemma.

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  • James M. Acheson & Roy Gardner, 2010. "Modeling Disaster: The Failure of Management of the New England Groundfish Industry," Discussion Papers 23, Kyiv School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kse:dpaper:23
    Note: Revise and resubmit at the National Maritime Fisheries Journal

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    Fishermen's dilemma; fishery management; New England fisheries;

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    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery

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