Reducing Fishing Capacity

Best Practices for Decommissioning Schemes

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Too many fishing vessels chasing too few fish is a persistent problem in many countries. To address this, governments often turn to vessel decommissioning schemes as a means of adjusting fishing capacity to match available fish resources. This report presents a set of best practice guidelines on the design and implementation of decommissioning schemes. By drawing on case studies of decommissioning schemes from OECD and non-OECD countries, it provides policy makers and fisheries managers with detailed analysis of the economic issues surrounding decommissioning schemes.

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Selected Case Studies of Decommissioning Schemes

This chapter presents a number of case studies of decommissioning schemes from recent experience in OECD and non-OECD economies. The types of schemes vary widely and include examples of mandatory vessel buybacks, ongoing decommissioning schemes, industry-funded buybacks and an NGO-funded permit acquisition. The objective in presenting the case studies is to highlight the lessons learned from the range of experiences in the design and implementation of the schemes. In particular, it is instructive to identify the key factors that influence the success or failure of the schemes in meeting their objectives.

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