IFQs and responsible fisheries policy


The article “Abdicating Responsibility: The Deceits of Fisheries Policy” published in Fisheries does a three-fold disservice. First, it overgeneralizes the arguments put forward in the economic and fisheries management literature about the theory and application of individual fishing quotas (IFQs). Second, it devalues the significant achievements of fisheries managers around the world who have designed and implemented many types of IFQ programs. Third, without empirical evidence, it unfairly discredits an effective fisheries management tool at a time when we need to use a full range of management tools to achieve sustainable fisheries.



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