Fish Markets and Fishermen: The Economics of Overfishing

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<p>A significant number of the world's ocean fisheries are depleted, and some have collapsed, from overfishing. Although many of the same fishermen who are causing these declines stand to suffer the most from them, they continue to overfish. Why is this happening? What can be done to solve the problem.<p>The authors of Fish, Markets, and Fishermen argue that the reasons are primarily economic, and that overfishing is an inevitable consequence of the current sets of incentives facing ocean fishermen. This volume illuminates these
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Fish, Markets, and Fishermen: The Economics Of Overfishing

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<p>A significant number of the world's ocean fisheries are depleted, and some have collapsed, from overfishing. Although many of the same fishermen who are causing these declines stand to suffer the most from them, they continue to overfish. Why is this happening? What can be done to solve the problem.<p>The authors of Fish, Markets, and Fishermen argue that the reasons are primarily economic, and that overfishing is an inevitable consequence of the current sets of incentives facing ocean fishermen. This volume illuminates these incentives as they operate both in the aggregate and at the level of day-to-day decision-making by vessel skippers. The authors provide a primer on fish population biology and the economics of fisheries under various access regimes, and use that information in analyzing policies for managing fisheries. The book:<ul> <li>provides a concise statistical overview of the world's fisheries <li>documents the decline of fisheries worldwide <li>gives the reader a clear understanding of the economics and population biology of fish <li>examines the management issues associated with regulating fisheries <li>offers case studies of fisheries under different management regimes <li>examines and compares the consequences of various regimes and considers the implications for policy making</ul><p>The decline of the world's ocean fisheries is of enormous worldwide significance, from both economic and environmental perspectives. This book clearly explains for the nonspecialist the complicated problem of overfishing. It represents a basic resource for fishery managers and others-fishers, policymakers, conservationists, the fish consuming public, students, and researchers-concerned with the dynamics of fisheries and their sustenance.
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Examines reasons for depletion of the world's fisheries, arguing that the reasons are primarily economic, and that overfishing is an inevitable consequence of the current sets of incentives facing ocean fishermen. Illuminates these incentives as they operate both in the aggregate and at the level of day-to-day decision making by vessel skippers. Provides a primer on fish population biology and the economics of fisheries under various access regimes, and uses that information to analyze policies for managing fisheries. Includes case studies from Nova Scotia, New Zealand, and Alaska. The author is a freelance writer on fisheries issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781559636438
  • Publisher: Island Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Not Enough Fish in the Sea 11
Ch. 2 What Economics Has to Do with Fishing 27
Ch. 3 Biology, Economics, and Bioeconomics of Fish Populations 41
Ch. 4 The Effect of Subsidies 59
Ch. 5 Managing Fisheries Rationally: Framework and Tools 71
Ch. 6 Case Studies 89
License Limitation in Alaska Salmon Fisheries 90
Lessons from New Zealand 98
Nova Scotia Groundfish Individual Quota System 110
Surf Clams and Ocean Quahogs 114
Wreckfish in the South Atlantic 125
Halibut and Sablefish in Alaska 135
Canada's Pacific Halibut Fishery 147
Ch. 7 Conclusion: No New Quotas? 161
References 173
Index 181
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