• Jeppe HøstEmail author
Part of the MARE Publication Series book series (MARE, volume 16)


This chapter introduces the notion and theme of market-based fisheries management. The introduction of market mechanisms to distribute and manage fishing quota has internationally occurred since the 1980s but is increasingly on the political agenda. As privatization and transferability are promoted internationally, and by big players, it becomes even more crucial to understand its social and environmental implications. This chapter looks at the broader lines in the fisheries research and discusses the diverging views on market-based fisheries management. On one side market mechanisms are promoted for efficiency and fleet adaptation, and on the other, quota markets are accused of causing concentration and disturbing social relations.


Individual transferable quotas Neoliberalism Social anthropology Fisheries management Overcapacity Ocean commons 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Ethnology Saxo InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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