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Experience of vessel decommissioning in Danish fisheries

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  • The fishing capacity issue has lately received considerable global attention. The application of an embracing structural policy in the European Union (EU) during the 1980s and 90s has indicated the desire of fisheries managers and administrators to rebalance the level of capacity of fishing fleets with resource availability. A previous study is drawn upon to shed light on the impact of vessel decommissioning on the Danish fleet during 1987-93.The Danish administration has since continued to structurally adjust the national fishing fleet under the guidance of the EU structural policy framework. The official capacity figures corresponding to EU multiannual guidance programmes (MAGPs) targets are presented. A specific analysis of national capacity regulations and adjustment policies, including vessel decommissioning, construction and modernisation, is undertaken for the 1992-99 period. The impact of these regulations and policies on the national fleet size and structure is analysed, as well as examining the resulting capital (insurance value) development. Finally, characteristics of decommissioned vessels for 1995-2002 are examined and production indicators are considered. Concluding remarks are drawn.
  • KEYWORDS: Fisheries Management for Industrial Fisheries, vessel decommissioning, Fishing capacity, fleet adjustment, Danish fishing fleet, Fisheries economics, MAGP
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  • Lindebo, Erik, Niels Vestergaard. 2004. Experience of vessel decommissioning in Danish fisheries. Peer Review: No. In: Proceedings of the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 20-30, 2004, Tokyo, Japan: What are Responsible Fisheries? Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2004. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-0-7
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