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Muse, Ben and Kurt Schelle. 1989. "Individual Fisherman's Quotas: A Preliminary Review Of Some Recent Programs". CFEC Report Number 89-1.


Individual fisherman's quota programs are relatively new approaches to fisheries management that appear to offer an attractive way to manage some fisheries. In an individual quota program each quota holder is given the right to harvest a portion of the total allowable catch in a fishery.

This paper briefly describes twelve individual quota programs which have recently been implemented in Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Topics discussed include the initial allocation of shares, the nature of the bundle of rights contained in the shares, enforcement, and the apparent impacts of each program.