Fishing vessel replacement regulations in the Newfoundland fishery : implications for the future

Parsons, Carl Philip (1998) Fishing vessel replacement regulations in the Newfoundland fishery : implications for the future. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Since the collapse of the Northern Cod stock and the moratorium on July 2nd, 1992, considerable changes have taken place which have substantially altered the face of the traditional Newfoundland fishing industry. A diversification into other species, particularly shellfish, has resulted in lucrative returns to the fishing industry. -- This study poses two questions. First, are the administrative regulations of the past governing the maximum vessel length, appropriate in today's fishery? Second, while the economic return in recent times have exceeded that of the pre-moratorium fishery, can the Newfoundland fishing industry, with its existing fleet structure, be said to have reached its maximum economic potential? -- This study argues that the conditions under which the maximum length regulations were established, no longer prevail. On the basis of the literature reviewed and the evidence presented in this study, the regulations appear outdated and may well prevent the rationalization of the structure of the fishing fleet necessary for the fishery to reach its economic potential. -- On the issue of safety there appears to be a trend in the number of accidents and the movement further offshore to harvest new locations. There also appears to be a persistent trend in the lower value of return for the same products from Newfoundland when compared to the other Eastern Canadian Provinces. -- The fishing industry has been the primary activity that provided the original basis for the economic development of Newfoundland. Since confederation it has been argued that the longliners acquired by Newfoundland fishermen are too small. As the next century approaches, a new vessel replacement policy, which recognizes a vessel design that allows inshore fishermen to harvest resources out to and beyond the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zone, should be considered. The main conclusion is that with clearly defined management principles in place and an evolving movement towards output controls, the maximum length restriction as an input control belongs in the past.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/818
Item ID: 818
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 84-90
Department(s): Marine Institute
Date: 1998
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada--Newfoundland and Labrador
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Fishing boats--Law and legislation--Newfoundland and Labrador; Fisheries--Newfoundland and Labrador--Fishing effort; Fishery resources--Newfoundland and Labrador

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