Fiji fisheries: Their contribution to development and their future

Hunt, Colin (1999) Fiji fisheries: Their contribution to development and their future. Marine Policy, 23 6: 571-585. doi:10.1016/S0308-597X(98)00044-X

Author Hunt, Colin
Title Fiji fisheries: Their contribution to development and their future
Journal name Marine Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0308-597X
Publication date 1999-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0308-597X(98)00044-X
Volume 23
Issue 6
Start page 571
End page 585
Total pages 15
Place of publication East Park, Kidlington, Oxford, U.K.
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The industrial fisheries of Fiji have had mixed fortunes. The fresh fish export industry has grown rapidly in importance so that fisheries is now the third most valuable export industry; its positive effect on the economy is mainly in the increase in the purchase of goods and services, such as air freight. The present ‘hands off’ policy by government in the fresh fish export industry should continue until the industry matures. In the longer run, ad valorem royalties should be considered as a mean of capturing resource rents. The government-owned export cannery has been in financial decline, and the maintenance of the social benefits of regional employment generated by the cannery has come at a high cost to government coffers. The future of the cannery, now leased to a private operator, is clouded by the uncertainty of the continuity of concessional access to European markets beyond the year 2000. The main task faced by government is the management of fisheries and fish stocks. The management of the inshore fisheries — vital to the needs of a large proportion of the population — needs additional resources. The capability for management of the industrial fisheries, necessary to maximise long term public benefits, would be enhanced by full cost recovery through a user pays policy.
© 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved
Keyword Fisheries and national development
Economic and financial importance
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes This article is based on a paper presented to the Fiji Update seminar, held at the National Centre for Development Studies, the Australian National University, Canberra, on 19 June 1998.

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