Whaling in The Presence of Ecological and Market Linkages and The Threat of Boycotts Public Deposited

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  • The activity of commercial whaling is contentious, drawing the ire of animal rights and conservation groups who threaten boycotts of whaling nations' products. Whaling also has opportunity costs: in addition to existence value, whales provide nonextractive use values, i.e. whale watching. On the other hand, proponents of whaling argue many whale stocks are now plentiful enough to support sustainable commercial harvests, and some empirical evidence suggests that whales, as predators, may have an adverse effect on yields emerging from commercial fisheries such as cod. In addition to moral and normative considerations, the components of a nation's decision whether or not to engage in whaling are the rent potentially emerging from the whaling industry per se, the ecological and market linkages to the commercial fishery and tourism industries, and the potential for whaling-induced boycotts of other goods the country produces. We present a bioeconomic framework for analyzing these tradeoffs and use graphical representations to explore potential optima with regard to whaling, whale-watching, and fishing. The qualitative implications of this model are ambiguous: one can conceive of scenarios where some whaling is optimal and even where subsidization of whaling is rent-maximizing, but in many cases market pressure against whaling makes it most efficient not to engage in this activity.
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  • Herrera, Guillermo, Porter Hoagland. 2004. Whaling in The Presence of Ecological and Market Linkages and The Threat of Boycotts. 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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