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.




This report explores the relation between education, training and recruitment in the fisheries sectors in Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The research has been conducted in preparation for conference on the future challenges to Nordic fisheries organised by Nordic Marine Think Tank in 2018. The conference theme is particularly focused on understanding the use of market-based fisheries management systems, discuss the lessons learned from those Nordic countries that have an experience in their implementation and to better understand their effects, and acceptability, on fishing communities, fishing fleets, revenues and the returns to society.


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