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Development of a national fisheries adjustment scheme: the Australian approach

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  • The purpose of the Australian National Fisheries Adjustment Scheme (ANFAS) project is to develop a policy framework under which structural adjustment can occur in a coherent and coordinated manner, and to develop operational guidelines on how to develop structural adjustment schemes. The ANFAS will not establish a mandatory scheme, nor will it supercede existing managerial jurisdictions. The ANFAS is instead an attempt to understand and assess the existing adjustment efforts, in Australia and around the world, and to use the lessons learned from these programs to assist fishery managers in their efforts to manage Australia's fisheries on a sustainable basis. The ANFAS project consists of two major elements. The first component involves the analysis and dissection of existing structural adjustment programs using case studies of programs in Australia and around the world. This is being done to devolve the essential components and outcomes of these programs. Although there are reports of various aspects of fishery restructuring and structural adjustment schemes, the issues involved and the lessons learned from such experiences are not assembled and compiled into a single document. The second component of the project involves the translation of the lessons learned from the case studies into a policy framework and practical operational guidelines for specific structural adjustment programs, which could be implemented either at the State or the national level.
  • KEYWORDS: Structural adjustment, Policy framework, Fisheries adjustment scheme
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  • Metzner, R. 1996. Development of a national fisheries adjustment scheme: the Australian approach. In: Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 1-4, 1996, Marrakech, Morocco. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2002. CD ROM.
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