Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.
Despite an extensive literature on food-sharing, little attention has been given to the practice in the context of fish harvesting and consumption. We examine it as a possible, almost inadvertent, source of fishery management and we examine its role in trade. Our model is a simple general-equilibrium model of a small costal economy that produces and consumes two goods: fish and a manufacturing product, using two factors of production: labor and the ocean. Our model combines open access conditions, free trade and the sharing of fish domestically. It focuses on the long-run consequences of sharing and trade in a society that was or has been around for a long time. We demonstrate that sharing fish could offset the open-access externality costs (including lower sustainable fish stock levels) and lead to gains from trade.