The Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries

Workshop Proceedings

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Rebuilding fisheries is a key challenge for many countries as some stocks are in a poor state while others are depleted.  In May 2009, economists, biologists, fisheries managers and policy makers participated in an OECD Workshop on the Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries. The workshop was designed to identify and analyse economic uncertainties, policy issues, biological conditions and information constraints, and to review the role of key players in program delivery. This conference proceedings presents an overview of the major economic and institutional issues associated with rebuilding fisheries and provides examples of national and international initiatives.



Community-based management for sustainable fishery: Lessons from Japan

Management of Japanese coastal fisheries is often characterized as co-management— local fishermen assume a large portion of management responsibility and self-regulate their activities while government agencies provide scientific information and legal backup. While many past studies have attributed the success of Japanese fishery comanagement to fishery cooperative associations (FCAs) and legally defined fishing rights, this chapter argues that the key to success is not these institutions per se but the functions they perform, which can be generalized to any fishery.


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