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The Costs of Managing Fisheries

The Costs of Managing Fisheries by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Improving the management of fisheries continues to be an important priority for governments. However, governments have increasingly recognised that fisheries management is not an inexpensive activity. In an era of declining budgets, governments are seeking more efficient and cost-effective means of delivering fisheries services. These developments raise a number of significant policy questions. How much do governments spend on managing fisheries? Who pays for the fisheries management services? Who actually delivers the services? How effective are the services in meeting their objectives?

These questions are addressed in this report which examines the costs of managing fisheries in OECD countries. Each year, OECD governments spend around USD 2.5 billion in managing their fisheries, accounting for nearly 40% of the total transfers made by governments to the fisheries sector. The report has found that there is an increasing application of cost-recovery and user-charging principles in OECD countries. In addition, the provision of some research, management and enforcement functions by the private sector is becoming more common as governments seek to improve the cost-effectiveness of fisheries management.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
175 pages; ISBN 9789264099777
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Title: The Costs of Managing Fisheries
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development