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  • This study evaluates existing market-based incentive mechanisms, such as Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs), and International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) associate membership, as innovative instruments for tuna fishers to improve sustainability of their fishing methods. There is little knowledge on ways these types of incentive mechanisms influence conditions for fishers’ improvement strategies. This study aims to reduce this research gap by identifying the requirements set by these incentive mechanisms, the required capabilities of fishers, and institutional support for fishers to fulfil these requirements. The focus was on Filipino tuna fishers under these incentive mechanisms and information gathering was done in and outside the Philippines due to international operations of Filipino tuna fishers. Qualitative methods using multiple case studies were used to draw generalisations from cases. The data were obtained from in-depth interviews with tuna fishery stakeholders such as NGO representatives, government officials, fishers and traders, and from attendance of workshops. Insights from empirical data were validated through reviews of scientific and other literatures, internal organisational reports, and validating interviews with tuna fishery experts. Initial insight suggests that introducing incentive mechanisms interacts with existing social and political contexts at the local level fishery, which ultimately determine short- and long-term improvement strategies of fishers. This research improves the understanding of how incentive mechanisms can contribute to fishery sustainability via value chain.
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  • Tolentino, Franzen, P. Berentsen, S. Bush, A. Oude Lansink. 2014. Improving Sustainability in Tuna fisheries through Market-based incentive mechanisms. In: Towards ecosystem based management of fisheries: what role can economics play?: Proceedings of the Seventeenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 7-11, 2014, Brisbane, Australia. Complied by Ann L. Shriver & Melissa Errend. Corvallis, OR: International Institute of Fisheries.
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  • Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, World Wildlife Fund, MG Kailis Group, AquaFish Innovation Lab, NOAA Fisheries, The European Association of Fisheries Economists, Japan International Fisheries Research Society, United Nations University, NORAD
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