Tilting at Windmills? Quota Allocation in International Fisheries Public Deposited

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  • Developing an allocation scheme for distributing rights amongst fishing nations remains one of the major obstacles to the development of stable cooperative arrangements to exploit international fish resources. A great deal of effort has been devoted over the years to finding a durable solution to the allocation problem, both at the theoretical and at the applied level. Much of this effort has focused on the insights from game theory to identify the key factors underlying a cooperative solution (including the need for self-enforcing agreements, perceptions of equity, new entrants, free-riders, optimal resource management in a multilateral setting, and side payments (or negotiation facilitators ). However, the fisheries sector is not the only common property resource that has had to face the policy challenge of allocating participatory rights to users of the resource across jurisdictional boundaries. This paper draws on the allocation experiences associated with water resources and carbon emissions in an effort to elicit insights that may inform policy makers in the fisheries sector. These policy areas have had to confront many of the same challenges as international fisheries in the need to develop stable, self-enforcing agreements in politically difficult environments. A number of lessons can be drawn from the experience of these other environmental policy areas that are potentially relevant to international fisheries. The most significant insight is the emphasis in these other areas on the increasing use of market mechanisms to better align the incentives faced by participants. In particular, the use of cap-and-trade systems to improve economic efficiency in combination with more traditional regulatory and planning approaches is a central feature of water use and greenhouse gas abatement policies at both national and international levels.
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  • Cox, Anthony. 2008. Tilting at Windmills? Quota Allocation in International Fisheries. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 22-25, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Achieving a Sustainable Future: Managing Aquaculture, Fishing, Trade and Development. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2008.
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