Shetland is currently pioneering two innovations in
fisheries management. The Shetland Regulating Order
and the Community Fish Quota scheme are both certainly
innovative, perhaps radical and may possibly become a
model for other areas.
The Shetland Islands are often described as remote,
barren and peripheral. From a fisheries perspective,
however, Shetland is rightly regarded as dynamic and
innovative fisheries community of significant regional
importance. Fish and fish products account for over 80%
of all Shetland exports while some 20% of the work force
are employed in the seafood industry.
The first innovation in fisheries management is the
Shetland Regulating Order, which has been established to
better manage the shellfish industry. The second
innovation is the ownership of fish quotas by the wider
Shetland community. The fishermen of Shetland, through
their two representative organisations (the Shetland
Fishermen’s Association (SFA) and the Shetland Fish
Producers Organisation Ltd (SFPO)) were responsible for
initiating these two innovations and continue to play a
central role in managing these developments.
Goodlad, J. Innovations in Fisheries Management: Community Based Management Initiatives in Shetland. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.