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Title:

Informing strategies, policies and options supporting owner-operated fishing businesses in fisheries experiencing corporatisation

Project Number:

2018-205

Organisation:

Southern Rocklobster Ltd (SRL)

Principal Investigator:

Tom Cosentino

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$20,000.00

Program(s):

Communities

Need

Southern rock lobster fishers have expressed concerns about trends in ownership of the fishery, including issues like concentration of ownership, foreign ownership and loss of regional economic benefits. Fisheries managers and industry leaders have expressed interest in attending a workshop that is aimed to conceptualise small-scale fisheries, the role of the state in facilitating or limiting corporatisation, and the extent that corporations are involved in conservation.

Objectives

1. Plan for and adapt to corporatisation in the southern rock lobster fishery and summarise concerns and identify possible solutions.

2. Identify ways that fishers can become better organized and better able to protect their interests.

3. Identify comparisons with fisheries that exist within ITQ managed systems.