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The Bionomic Model, Individual Transferable Quotas and Self-Governing Fishery Institutions

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Schlager, Edella
Conference: Workshop on the Workshop
Location: Indiana University Bloomington
Conf. Date: June 16-18, 1994
Date: 1994
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/1894
Sector: Fisheries
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Subject(s): fisheries
self-governance
Workshop
quotas
Abstract: From Introduction: "In the fields of fisheries management and fisheries economics there remains a fundamental puzzle. The policy recommendations derived from economic models are rarely voluntarily adopted by coastal fishers, whereas policies that economic analysis demonstrate to be inefficient are, often times,voluntarily adopted by coastal fishers. Two conclusions may be drawn. First, fishers are ignorant, or, if not ignorant, trapped in cultural or economic systems that prevent them from adopting more efficient forms of management. Second, fishers know something that policy analysts have thus far failed to grasp. In this paper, I focus upon the second conclusion. The models that most economic analyses rest upon, fail to capture critical aspects of the fishery environment. In particular, such models fail to account for the various common-pool dilemmas that fishers experience, and they fail to explain the various institutional arrangements that fishers have adopted."

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