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Conservation and Management of Transnational Tuna Fisheries

ISBN: 978-0-8138-2028-6
360 pages
November 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Conservation and Management of Transnational Tuna Fisheries reviews and synthesizes the existing literature, focusing on rights-based management and the creation of economic incentives to manage transnational tuna fisheries. Transnational tuna fisheries are among the most important fisheries in the world, and tuna commissions are increasingly shifting toward this approach. Comprehensively covering the subject, Conservation and Management of Transnational Tuna Fisheries summarizes global experience and offers practical applications for applying rights-based management and the creation of economic incentives, addressing potential problems as well as the total level of capacity.

This reference work is divided into four parts, beginning with an overview of the book, including the issues, property rights, and rights-based management. The subsequent sections address issues arising with property rights, discuss bycatch, and cover compliance, enforcement, trade measures, and politics. Written by an expert team of international authors, Conservation and Management of Transnational Tuna Fisheries will appeal to social and fisheries scientists and fishery managers in universities and research institutions, government and non-governmental organizations, fisheries management bodies, members of the fishing industry, and international institutions.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introduction.

1 Introduction (Robin Allen, James Joseph, Dale Squires, and Elizabeth Stryjewski).

2 Addressing the Problem of Excess Fishing Capacity in Tuna Fisheries (James Joseph, Dale Squires, William Bayliff, and Theodore Groves).

3 Property and Use Rights in Fisheries (Dale Squires).

4 Rights-Based Management in Transnational Tuna Fisheries (Robin Allen, William Bayliff, James Joseph, and Dale Squires).

5 The Benefits and Costs of Transformation of Open Access on the High Seas (Robin Allen, William Bayliff, James Joseph, and Dale Squires).

Part II. Rights-Based Management,

6 International Fisheries Law and the Transferability of Quota: Principles and Precedents (Andrew Serdy).

7 Can Rights Put It Right? Industry Initiatives to Resolve Overcapacity Issues: Observations from a Boat Deck and a Manager's Desk (Daryl Sykes).

8 Rights-Based Management of Tuna Fisheries: Lessons from the Assignment of Property Rights on the Western US Frontier (Gary Libecap).

9 The Economics of Allocation in Tuna Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs) (R. Quentin Grafton, Rögnvaldur Hannesson, Bruce Shallard, Daryl Sykes, and Joseph Terry).

10 Allocating Fish across Jurisdictions (Jon Van Dyke).

11 Buybacks in Transnational Fisheries (Dale Squires, James Joseph, and Theodore Groves).

12 Limited Access in Transnational Tuna Fisheries (Brian Hallman, Scott Barrett, Raymond Clarke, James Joseph, and Dale Squires).

Part III. Bycatch.

13 Individual Transferable Quotas for Bycatches: Lessons for the Tuna-Dolphin Issue (Rögnvaldur Hannesson).

14 Incentives to Address Bycatch Issues (Heidi Gjertsen, Martín Hall, and Dale Squires).

Part IV. Politics, Enforcement, and Compliance.

15 Politics for Use Rights in Tuna RFMOs (Frank Alcock).

16 Flags of Convenience and Property Rights on the High Seas (Elizabeth DeSombre).

17 Japanese Policies, Ocean Law, and the Tuna Fisheries: Sustainability Goals, the IUU Issue, and Overcapacity (Katherine J. Mengerink, Harry N. Scheiber, and Yann-Huie Song).

18 Quasi-Property Rights and the Effectiveness of Atlantic Tuna Management (D. G. Webster).

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Author Information

Robin Allen is the Director of Investigations of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission.

James Joseph has worked for a variety of fisheries research and management organization and served as Director of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission from 1969-1999. He currently works as a private consultant on a variety of fisheries and related issues.

Dale Squires is a Senior Scientist with NOAA Fisheries in La Jolla, California; Adjunct Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego; Visiting Fellow at Australian National University; and Honorary Professor at the University of Southern Denmark.

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