Sunday, November 24, 2013

What works in fisheries management

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Here is a great article by J. Sutinen illustrating the historical failure of command-and-control approaches to fisheries management.

You don't have to take an economist's word for it.  Read more here and here and here and here.

3 comments:

Rebecca Waegerle said...

I've been doing a lot of research on biomimetic design approaches and how these can be applied to propagate sustainability, and found an interesting suggestion for the sustainable management of fisheries. The goal being to enhance the biological, economic, and social gains ; sustainable methods could be applied by doing more research and finding the "ecosystem engineers" in particular areas. Here's the link: http://www.asknature.org/strategy/82715479146484e056c59504a7163ac1 It is a pretty interesting idea, and I think it would be incredibly beneficial for fisheries to be designed in this kind of interconnected ecological framework.

Jeanne Metivier said...

After reading this article, it is clear that ITQs are the best management measures found so far. It seems that more and more countries are slowly implementing ITQs to improve their biological, economic, social and administrative performance. In the future, could a global organization that would implement and monitor ITQs worldwide and determine a global TAC be created?

Casey Buddenbaum said...

CAC methods fail in this example for plain and simple reasons. There's no incentive to do better and they don't maximize net gains. I get that these methods are easier to implement, but the world has a lot of scientists so we should not have trouble moving to ITQs as Jeanne stated above. ITQs would eliminate the race to fish, which is currently killing the fish stock beyond flow recovery.