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Foxes and Others in the Hen House: Problem Definition and User Participation in U.S. Fisheries Management

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: McCay, Bonnie J.
Conference: Common Property Conference, the Second Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Conf. Date: 26-30 September, 1991
Date: 1991
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1295
Sector: Fisheries
Region: North America
Subject(s): fisheries
resource management
participatory management
marine resources
Abstract: "Canadian and American agencies charged with the task of managing marine fisheries are being criticized for being ineffective in conserving valuable fish stocks. In the U.S. this attack targets both the federal agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and the workings of regional fishery management councils. In policy recommendations coming from the above critiques and court actions, instigated primarily by conservation organizations, the tendency is to take power from the regional councils, which are believed to be ineffective and 'captured' by special interests, and give it to the federal agency, the National Marine Fisheries Service, which has also bee dominated by the fishing industry but shows signs of increased independence. The consequences are contrary to the goals of improved user-participation or even co-management."

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