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Public Policy, Territoriality and Tragedy of the Commons in Marine Fisheries

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Khakhar, K. K.
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/10535/5516
Sector: Fisheries
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): fisheries
tragedy of the commons
common pool resources
artisanal fishing
Abstract: "As against fairly widespread belief, following neo-classical discussions on indiscriminate use of common property resources, the anthropological literature has documented a number of cases of 'territoriality' perceived at levels of small, decentralised, fishermen communities in using their common property marine fish resource. This paper explores the concept of territoriality in the context of public policy in choice of technology, creating uncommon capabilities among different fishing groups using common marine fish resource, using cases of developed and developing countries. The Indian case, however, is discussed at length. The analysis presented suggests that state induced technology creates multiple entity systems based on uncommon capabilities, in conducting fishing operations, as against a single, homogenous entity system sustained through generations under collective perception of territoriality at levels of small fishermen communities."

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