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The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers

Principles and Practice for Policy Design

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The Fisheries Manager's Handbook is a compilation of OECD work designed to aid policy makers develop and implement good policies and management tools in fisheries.  Drawing upon years of OECD research, it demonstrates how an open policy design process with clear objectives, using market-based instruments and focussed on effective stock management can benefit all those involved in or concerned about the fisheries sector.  Of interest not only to policy makers, it will provides a useful guide to NGOs and other interested parties on the principles and processes of good policy design.

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The economics of fisheries management

When fisheries management systems are designed with an understanding of how they will shape economic incentives the result is usually a more efficient and effective system with improved co‑operation by all involved. This chapter will discuss several areas where economic theory and fisheries management overlap.Fisheries management is a response to the tendency of unregulated fisheries to be overused and depleted. That tendency has its roots in the economic incentives faced by fishers using what is in essence a shared resource. Different approaches to management will influence the actions taken by fishers in terms of how the resource is exploited, the nature of the fishing fleet and much more.

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