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Productive efficiency, property rights, and sustainable renewable resource development in the mini-purse seine fishery of the Java Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 November 2005

INDAH SUSILOWATI
Affiliation:
Diponegoro University, Indonesia
NORMAN BARTOO
Affiliation:
NOAA Fisheries
ISHAK HAJI OMAR
Affiliation:
Universiti Putra Malaysia
YONGIL JEON
Affiliation:
Central Michigan University
K. KUPERAN
Affiliation:
WorldFish Center
DALE SQUIRES
Affiliation:
NOAA Fisheries
NIELS VESTERGAARD
Affiliation:
University of Southern Denmark

Abstract

The relationship between productive efficiency and sustainable development of fishing industries in developing countries has received little attention. Ill-structured property rights in common-pool resources lead to a contradiction between private and social technical efficiency, with private and social costs dependent on the level of technical efficiency. Development policies that increase private efficiency can increase the social cost with ill-structured property rights and common-pool resources, and thereby increase social inefficiency. This paper examines this relationship through a case study of the mini purse seine fishery of the Java Sea, and finds that private technical efficiency does not depend on any measurable attributes of human capital, diverges substantially between the peak and off seasons, and differs between vessels more within the off season.

Type
Research Article
Copyright
2005 Cambridge University Press

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Footnotes

The comments of Amy Bus Gautam, Rob Hicks, and two anonymous reviewers are gratefully acknowledged. The authors remain responsible for any remaining errors. The results are not necessarily those of the U.S. NOAA Fisheries.