The Management of Greenland’s Shrimp Fishing Industry in the 1990s

From a Bureaucratic to a Market-Based System of Regulation
  • G. R. Poole
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In 1991, the basis upon which Greenland’s shrimp-fishing industry was managed underwent a radical change. In both its inshore and offshore fisheries, what were essentially bureaucratic systems of regulation were replaced by ones founded on formal markets for the right to participate in the industry. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the efficacy of these reforms. To do this, it is necessary first to make a number of introductory comments about the industry and to briefly review its development prior to 1991. Accordingly, section two of the paper presents a brief overview of the industry and the problems that emerged in the late 1980s. This section also outlines how the regulatory approach then in force contributed to these problems. The third section evaluates the efficacy of the changes that were implemented in 1991. The final section sets out the main conclusions to be drawn from the analysis.


Individual Vessel Fishing Capacity Inshore Fishery Vessel Owner Fleet Capacity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. R. Poole
    • 1
  1. 1.PA Cambridge Economic ConsultantsCambridgeEngland

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