Employment and remuneration effects of IFQs in the bering Sea/Aleutian islands crab fisheries

Joshua Abbott, Brian Garber-Yonts, James E. Wilen

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Abstract

This article utilizes a census of vessels before and after implementation of catch shares in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Island (BSAI) crab fisheries to examine the short-run effects of catch shares on employment and remuneration of crew. The number of individuals employed declined proportionately to the exit of vessels following implementation. Total crew hours dedicated to fishing activities remained roughly constant, while employment in redundant pre- and post-season activities declined due to the consolidation of quota on fewer vessels. We find little evidence of substantial changes in the share contracts used to compensate fishermen. Finally, we explore a wide array of remuneration measures for crew and conclude that both seasonal and daily employment remuneration increased substantially for many crew in the postrationalization fishery, while remuneration per unit of landings declined as a result of a combination of increased crew productivity and the necessity of paying for fishing quota in the new system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-354
Number of pages22
JournalMarine Resource Economics
Volume25
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010

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Keywords

  • Alaska
  • Crab
  • Crew
  • IFQ
  • Rationalization
  • Remuneration

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  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Oceanography
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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Employment and remuneration effects of IFQs in the bering Sea/Aleutian islands crab fisheries. / Abbott, Joshua; Garber-Yonts, Brian; Wilen, James E.

In: Marine Resource Economics, Vol. 25, No. 4, 2010, p. 333-354.

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