TURFs, collective fishery management, and fishery cooperatives
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The present study examines the role of territorial use rights in fisheries (TURFs) in the context of fishery co-management, where the latter is defined as collective management by a group of fishers and termed a "fishery cooperative." Here, I argue that underneath sociodemographic characteristics of fisher groups that affect the outcomes of fishery co-management, there is a set of common economic factors that affect the likelihood of successful fishery cooperatives. The theory of clubs is applied as a theoretical foundation, in which the role of TURFs is characterized. Next, I present several case studies, mostly from Japanese coastal fisheries, to illustrate the claims that the incentives of fishers matter, more so than group size and homogeneity of members, for successful collective fishery management.
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Bulletin of Marine Science
Uchida, Hirotsugu. "TURFs, collective fishery management, and fishery cooperatives." Bulletin of Marine Science 93, 1 (2017). doi: 10.5343/bms.2015-1102.