Workshop on the Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries



Newport, Rhode Island, United States


21-22 May 2009



The final programme   is available here. Presentations have been posted as of 12th June 2009.


At the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development saw governments around the world undertake to “maintain or restore stocks to levels that can produce the maximum sustainable yield with the aim of achieving these goals for depleted stocks on an urgent basis and where possible not later than 2015.” However, progress towards this goal has been slow. FAO data on the state of world fish stocks indicate that 17% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited, 7% are depleted, and 1% are recovering from depletion. And a recent World Bank study estimates that approximately USD 50 billion is lost annually in global resource rent from fisheries as a result of poor governance

Rebuilding overfished and depleted fish stocks is a challenging task. Governments have had mixed success in designing and implementing effective stock rebuilding programs, with a number of high profile successes as well as notable failures. This workshop brings together policy makers, fisheries managers, economists and fisheries biologists to exchange information and analysis on how to design rebuilding strategies to achieve sustainable and profitable fisheries.


The objectives of the workshop were to:

• Identify and analyse the economic and policy issues involved in rebuilding fisheries;

• Identify the biological and economic uncertainties and information constraints
  that influence the choice of rebuilding paths and policy instruments;

• Review the role of institutional arrangements in delivering successful rebuilding programs; and

• Review selected country and international experiences in rebuilding fisheries.

Date and venue

The workshop was held on 21-22 May 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Newport, Rhode Island, United States.

Who attended?


The intended audience for the workshop was fisheries managers, policy makers, fisheries economists, fisheries scientists, and environmental groups.





The OECD is pleased to announce that the workshop was held in conjunction with the 2009 Forum of the North American Association of Fisheries Economists (NAAFE). The NAAFE Forum 2009 was held over the three days prior to the OECD Workshop .


All NAAFE Forum participants were invited to attend the OECD Workshop.





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