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Implications of quota reallocation in the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery


Pascoe, S and Hutton, T and Van Putten, I and Dennis, D and Plaganyi-Lloyd, E and Deng, R, Implications of quota reallocation in the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 61, (2) pp. 335-352. ISSN 0008-3976 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Canadian Agricultural Economics Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/cjag.12004


The Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery is exploited by a mix of Islander and non-Islander fishers. While the former group dominates in terms of numbers of fishers, a disproportionate share of the nominal quota is held by the substantially smaller non-Islander fleet. In 2011, the nominal quota allocation was 54:46 between Islanders and non-Islander, with the Islander share increasing substantially since 2005 through a buy-back of around half the non-Islander fleet. Despite this increase, there is pressure within the Islander communities to further increase their share of the total quota. In this paper, we consider the relative value of a unit of quota to the Islander and non-Islander fleets and the likely impact this will have on potential quota trade. We estimate production frontiers for the two groups of vessels to derive estimates of the marginal value product of the different fleet segments. From this, we determine if there are efficiency arguments for transferring additional quota to the Islander fleet. We conclude that economic incentives for individual Islanders to purchase quota from non-Islanders are limited, and that some other form of reallocation system may be more successful in achieving the objective of an increased quota share to Islanders.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:118950
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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