The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is intensively promoting and implementing programs which grant exclusive access privileges [ITQs] to public fishery resources... Unfortunately, in mixed fisheries where there is a large and growing recreational sector, exclusive fishing rights proposals maximize benefits to the commercial fishing industry while ignoring the participation and beneficial economic impacts of recreational fishing. Damaging impacts on recreational fisheries are being disregarded.He asked how sport guys can maintain their access to the fish, and I said:
There are two options:Bottom Line It's not the efficiency that bothers people as much as the distribution of money that buys that efficiency. That's not economics, that's politics!
Economists do not favor either, but (1) is clearly cheaper than (2) for the sport guys.
- Get ITQs for sport fishermen, then split them into per fish permits -- like deer licenses.
- Buy them from the commercial guys
Given the financial firepower of sport guys, they can afford to pay. Let's see if they have the same political power :)