Agriculture et pêcheries

The OECD Handbook for Fisheries Managers



Drawing upon a decade of OECD work, this handbook describes the challenges facing fisheries and points ou practical solutions. It shows how market-based approaches, clear objectives and rigourous policy design processes can lead to more profits for fishers and better sustainability for our shared ocean resources.

This handbook will be of use to policy professionals, civil society groups and anybody who is concerned about fishing and the health of our oceans.

Executive Summary

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Key points

  • Effective management means finding the right balance between economic, environmental and social objectives while taking into account the role and impact of individual incentives.
  • Technical overcapacity is not the same as economic overcapacity. The decision to fish will depend on the return on investment and not on the fleet's overall catching power.
  • The involvement of actors in fisheries is essential in the design and implementation of any fisheries policies.
  • Market-based instruments, when well-designed and flexible, offer fishers the opportunity to improve the efficiency and profitability of their operations.

Further Reading

Rebuilding Fisheries: The Way Forward

Fisheries and Aquaculture Certification

The Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries: Workshop Proceedings

Reducing Fishing Capacity: Best Practices for Decommissioning Schemes






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