Few doubt the need for government intervention to manage the use of fisheries resources. The nature of access to fisheries resources means that intervention is required to provide for optimal economic performance and to meet environmental objectives. Management authorities therefore spend considerable funds to conduct stock research, make decisions and enforce those decisions. It is estimated that 36 per cent of all government financial transfers associated with fishery policies in OECD countries2 are for research, management and enforcement services. At its April 2000 meeting the OECD Fisheries Committee adopted an outline for a study on the costs of these services. The study will explore the extent of these costs and analyze how they vary between countries, fisheries and management systems in use. Further, it will explore how these costs are shared between management authorities (through general budgetary funds) and users of the fisheries resource.
Keywords: management, government expenditure, government financial transfers, governance, cost recovery.
Wallis, P. and O. Flaaten. Fisheries Management Costs: Concepts and Studies. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults: Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.