Fishers' opinions on marketization of property rights and the quota system in France

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2017
Date published: 06/2017
Authors: Katia Frangoudes, Manuel Bellanger
Journal title: Marine Policy
Volume: 80
Pages: 107 - 112
ISSN: 0308597X

After many years of Common Fisheries Policies in the European Union, 88% of stocks are still being fished beyond their Maximum Sustainable Yield. While several Member States and the European Commission are moving toward Individual Transferable Quotas as a solution, France has declared its opposition to such marketization of fishing access rights and a national law has classified fisheries resources as a collective heritage. This paper discusses the evolution of the French system, principally its distribution of access rights by the Producer Organizations instead of the market. However, the Producer Organizations, which are more linked to the industrial fleet organizations, have not always modified their sharing formulae to include small-scale fisheries, resulting in a demand for more transparency and equity.

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