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Canadian Aquaculture: Drowning in Regulation

Canadian Aquaculture: Drowning in Regulation, by Robin Neill and Brian Rogers, is a summary of the discussions from two aquaculture conferences held by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies and the Canadian Aquaculture Institute. The report stresses the conclusions drawn from both conferences: that fundamental institutional change is required in Canadian aquaculture. According to the authors, aquaculture is mired in a dysfunctional regulatory system. There is, they claim, no overall rational model for the assessment of the social economic benefits of aquaculture, resulting in a regulatory environment that is failing due to economic and political interference.

Fencing the Last Frontier: The Case for Property Rights in Canadian Aquaculture

Neill argues that aquaculture is set to become a vigorous and lucrative industry for Atlantic Canada as the wild fishery continues to decline and markets open up for high-grade farmed fish. However, Neill suggests that “fencing” this last frontier is hampered by a property rights system that is essentially developed for the hunter/gatherer nature of the wild fishery, rather than agriculture – which aquaculture more closely resembles.

Fishy Business: The Economics of Salmon Farming in BC

Dale Marshall begins his analysis of the economics of salmon farming in BC. Marshall notes that the economic contribution of its wild fisheries – through the commercial and sports fishery and the processing of wild fish – dwarfs that of salmon aquaculture and the processing of farmed salmon.

Framing the Fish Farmers: The Impact of Activists on Media and Public Opinion about the Aquaculture Industry

Rapid growth of aquaculture has raised the industry’s profile with environmental activists and the media. One problem, Jeff Chatterton argues, is that, unlike farmers, aquaculturists cannot limit the effects of their operations to their own property; as a result, environmental activists have assailed fish farmers about the supposed evils of their industry.

Managing Fish: Ten Case Studies from Canada’s Pacific Coast

In this book, Bixby and Jones detail the use and evaluate the effectiveness of individual quotas in 10 fisheries on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Bixby and Jones examine, in detail, the management changes that have saved many of Canada’s smaller fisheries, such as those pertaining to halibut, sablefish, and sea cucumber.