Evolving Property Rights in Marine Fisheries

Monday, November 1, 2004


Edited by Donald R. Leal

The sad truth is that direct regulations have not eliminated overfishing but instead increased fishing costs for fishermen risking their lives on the high seas. The good news is that there is a better way to manage our ocean fisheries. Property rights approaches, such as individual transferable quotas (ITQs) and private harvest agreements are proving highly effective in restoring health and sanity to a host of fisheries around the globe. This book traces such developments and addresses the remaining obstacles to the continued development of property rights in ocean fisheries.


Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
4720 Boston Way
Lanham, MD 20706
2004; 268 pp.

Leal's research on natural resources and environmental issues spans nearly 20 years. His current focus is on preventing over-harvesting of marine resources and restoring ocean fisheries.Leal is working to build support for individual fishing quotas (IFQs) and fishing cooperatives as more effective alternatives to the current regulatory approach to...
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