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Private property and public interest in fisheries management: the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery


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Phillips, GV, Kriwoken, L and Hay, P 2002 , 'Private property and public interest in fisheries management: the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery' , Marine Policy, vol. 26, no. 6 , pp. 459-469 , doi: 10.1016/S0308-597X(02)00026-X.

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In 1998 a management system based on individual transferable quota (ITQ) was introduced in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery. This marked the continuation of a management trend that has favoured economic efficiency at the cost of reduced employment and greater restrictions on access to the fishery. The authors discuss management trends in the fishery in the context of Tasmania's history, and social and political characteristics, which it is argued, have shaped development of Tasmania's resource management culture. Implications for social equality, economic well-being and environmental sustainability are discussed. In conclusion the difficulty of reforming policy that has been shaped by vested interests and which establishes rent-seeking activity is considered.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Phillips, GV and Kriwoken, L and Hay, P
Keywords: Fisheries; Tasmania; Rent-seeking; Public interest; rock lobster fishery; Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/S0308-597X(02)00026-X
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