Gear liberalization in the Northeast Arctic cod fisheries – Implications for sustainability, efficiency and legitimacy

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 03/2015
Authors: Dag Standal, Signe Sønvisen
Journal title: Marine Policy
Volume: 53
Pages: 141 - 148
ISSN: 0308597X

In Norwegian fisheries policy, strict gear regulation is a central instrument actively used to achieve fisheries political objectives. Gear regulations are locked in rigid regulative structures that limit the actors׳ ability to adapt practices to changing conditions. This article shows that gear liberalization could take place within the framework of sustainable resource harvest, while also contributing to improved economic efficiency and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Institutions, such as gear regulations, do not exist in a vacuum, but are linked to other institutional structures. Hence, within a framework of sustainability, the relaxation of one regulation may induce new regulations and institutions.

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