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.
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.
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.