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Changes in the lease and permanent sale quota markets of a rock lobster fishery in response to stock abundance


Leon, R and Gardner, C and Van Putten, I and Hartmann, K, Changes in the lease and permanent sale quota markets of a rock lobster fishery in response to stock abundance, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, (5) pp. 1555-1564. ISSN 1054-3139 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsu246


Effective individual transferable quotas (ITQ) systems rebuild stocks and allow transfer of quotas to more efficient operators. This process requires functional markets for both quota sales and temporary quota leases. These markets are expected to respond to changes in economic rent from the fishery, which is influenced by stock abundance and the international rock lobster price. This research used multistate Markov modelling and Granger causality test to examine changes in the permanent and temporary quota trade in the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery quota market, during periods of both increasing and decreasing stock abundance. The permanent quota trade market was more active during the period of stock growth, while the quota lease market was active in both periods of stock growth and decline. In contrast to theoretical trends in ITQ fisheries, trades in both markets were not linked to the technical efficiency (i.e. catching capability) of operators, but were more driven by the quota owners' financial capacity (i.e. number of owned quotas). Prolonged and unexpected stock decline affected the quota market so that it deviated from the theoretical pattern of ITQ fisheries. Operators previously active in the market reduced their activity, while smaller operators and firms that previously had not traded became more active, so the fleet expanded with smaller operators entering.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:rock lobster, lease, market, quota management, ITQ
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught rock lobster
UTAS Author:Leon, R (Mr Rafael Leon)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
UTAS Author:Hartmann, K (Dr Klaas Hartmann)
ID Code:97811
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-01-14
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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