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  • Individual fishing quota programs are increasingly being used to establish property rights in commercial fisheries in the U.S. These programs are intended to promote resource conservation while improving economic efficiency. However, these rationalization programs are often criticized for their distributional consequences. In the Gulf of Alaska halibut fishery, there is concern that fishing quota are leaving small, remote Alaska fishing communities (SRFCs). In this paper, we analyze quota share transactional data from 1994 to 1999 and find support for the hypothesis that halibut fishing quota holdings are migrating away from SRFCs. Using the same data, we analyze the differences between buyers and sellers of quota to assess which factors contribute most to an individual's decision to buy or sell quota shares. The results support the hypothesis that characteristics of an individual's community influence the decision to buy or sell, and that these community-based factors may collectively be more important than individual characteristics such as one's age.
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  • Lew, Daniel, Courtney Carothers and Jennifer Sepez. 2006. Quota Share Emigration and Small Remote Fishing Communities in the Gulf of Alaska Halibut Fishery. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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  • The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service, United States Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries); United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); The United States Agency for International Development supported Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Support Program (ACRSP).
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