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The quandary of quota management in the Torres Strait rock lobster fishery


Van Putten, I and Deng, R and Dennis, D and Hutton, T and Pascoe, S and Plaganyi, E and Skewes, T, The quandary of quota management in the Torres Strait rock lobster fishery, Fisheries Management and Ecology, 20, (4) pp. 326-337. ISSN 0969-997X (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/fme.12015


Islanders, commercial non-indigenous fishers and Papua New Guinea fishers share the tropical rock lobster fishery, Panulirus ornatus (Fabricius) in Torres Strait. As the fishery is in the process of moving from input to output controls, a pre-implementation understanding of indigenous fishers' perceptions of the potential impact of different quota management systems is gained. This study, based on workshops and interviews, considers the impact of competitive quota, community quota and a hybrid system with individually tradeable quota (ITQ), and broadens the current biological focus of fisheries management through consideration of economic, social and cultural aspects. The perceived quota system impact on indigenous lobster fishers largely mirrors the experience internationally, with unlimited access and self-determination considered most important. The heterogeneity of the indigenous sector increases the management complexity for this fishery, but needs to be taken into consideration if unexpected consequences of the chosen quota management system are to be avoided.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cultural aspects, fisheries objectives, indigenous fisheries, output controls, Panulirus ornatus, quota management
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:Van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:118944
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-24
Last Modified:2017-10-16

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