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Nordic Fisheries in Transition

Future Challenges to Management and Recruitment

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In the last decades Nordic countries have been implementing quota markets and similar instruments to manage mainly the economic performance of their fisheries. Coming from a historical situation dominated by owner-operated fishing units closely connected to their supporting communities, market-based fisheries management plays a role in promoting company-organised fishing units, non-fisher ownership and new social relations. Introducing market-mechanisms to distribute the limited marine resources is therefore not just a change in the technical regulation. It is an active engagement in social change. The publication reviews the Nordic experiences with market-based fisheries management and discusses the implications for managers and future recruitment.

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Nordic fisheries towards 2025 – and beyond

The chapter examines the trends identified in relation to the future development of the fishing industry and policies. We discuss how these trends affect the industry in the future and how they will affect the hired, the skilled and the self-employed fisherman as well as the quota-holding fisherman in the longer run. For hired and highly skilled fishers, this will mean only little change. For those who desire to invest in quotas, it will be hard to compete in open competition with the large companies. To alter this development, the desired social diversity has to be even further rooted in the fisheries policy design. This makes the public debate and policy process even more important.

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