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Fishing access agreements and harvesting decisions of host and distant water fishing nations


NIchols, R and Yamazaki, S and Jennings, S and Watson, RA, Fishing access agreements and harvesting decisions of host and distant water fishing nations, Marine Policy, 54 pp. 77-85. ISSN 0308-597X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2014.12.019


The declaration of exclusive economic zones (EEZs) granted coastal states sovereign rights over the marine resources in their EEZs and enabled developing coastal states to legally charge access fees to distant water fishing (DWF) nations for access to the resources in these waters.Despite the potential for economic gains,however,the ability of coastal states to benefit from the granting of sovereign rights and to ensure the sustainable use of their fisheries resources depends on how domestic fishing effort responds to the harvesting decisions of the DWF nations.We develop a stylized bioeconomic model to explore the change in fishing behavior of host and DWF nations when the two nations enter into an access agreement with varying levels of access fee. We further conduct an econometric analysis of changes in Pacific island nations’ harvesting behavior in response to the harvest decisions of DWF nations using data from the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery. Our model results show that there is a range of variable access payment levels over which the host nation substitutes benefits from its domestic fishing activity with access payments from the DWF nation and that setting fees in this range can create a trap whereby host nations are forced to trade-off receiving a fair return to their fishery resources through access fees and retaining their own active fleet capacity.Our empirical analysis further shows a gradual shift in the way in which Pacific island host nations responded to the harvest decision of DWF nations as a result of the creation of the 200-nautical-mile EEZ.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Fisheries; Access Agreements; Tuna; Pacific island nations; Distant water fishing nations
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:NIchols, R (Ms Rachel Nichols)
UTAS Author:Yamazaki, S (Associate Professor Satoshi Yamazaki)
UTAS Author:Jennings, S (Dr Sarah Jennings)
UTAS Author:Watson, RA (Professor Reginald Watson)
ID Code:97835
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-01-15
Last Modified:2017-12-08

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