TODAY: Seminar with Josh Abbott

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for our free public symposium, the Bevan Series, featuring internationally-recognized experts.

The 2015 Bevan Series is organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. We will discuss commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.  We invite you to join us for 10 informative lectures and take your place at the leading edge of marine conservation.

Today, February 12, 4:30 PM, social follows

University of Washington, Fishery Sciences Auditorium, 102
1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle, Washington

Dr. Josh Abbott

Last things first: the folly of recreational/commercial allocation policy

This presentation presents a critical view of the current state of management practice in the allocation of fishing mortality between recreational and commercial sectors – using recent events in the US Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery as an illustration. I argue that much of the analysis used to justify current reallocation proposals relies on textbook notions of economic efficiency that fail to address the considerable inefficiencies inherent in existing open access recreational fisheries. I propose that inter–sector reallocation is rarely a legitimate immediate policy concern. Rather, it is a “red herring” that detracts from far more necessary fundamental reforms within the recreational sector. These reforms would significantly improve the accountability and efficiency of the sector and establish the necessary institutions to resolve allocation disputes in an adaptive, compensated manner. I propose a path forward for reform of mixed recreational–commercial fisheries and discuss realistic rights–based policies to better manage fishing mortality for private recreational anglers and facilitate transferability across sectors.


Joshua Abbott is an associate professor of environmental and resource economics in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, where he has resided since 2007. His work leverages bioeconomic modeling and econometric methods to foster the design and evaluation of economically and ecologically sustainable resource governance systems. He conducts research in a variety of fisheries topics including recreational fishery policy, rights–based management, spatial closures, multispecies fishery management and bycatch, and the development of ecosystem–based fishery management indicators through the pricing of fish as a form of “natural capital”. He has collaborated extensively with colleagues in government, non–governmental, and international organizations. He serves on the Editorial Council for the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists and is an associate editor for Marine Resource Economics. His work has been published in prominent journals in environmental economics, ecology and policy, including the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Ecological Applications, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Fish and Fisheries.


The Bevan Series is generously funded by the Donald E. Bevan Endowed Fund in Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Washington Sea Grant. The Bevan Series was founded by Tanya Bevan, as a tribute to her late husband, Don Bevan. Don’s academic career spanned almost 50 years at the University of Washington, during which time he was director of the School of Fisheries and dean of the College of Fisheries. His work focused on the key intersection between science, economics, and politics, and he was deeply involved in the enactment and reauthorization of the Magnuson Act which governs America’s marine fisheries. He worked tirelessly to ensure that fisheries managers, industry and scientists spoke with a unified voice in changing federal regulations, and also helped found what is now the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

The Bevan Series seeks to continue the legacy of Don Bevan’s legacy by examining current issues affecting fisheries and marine conservation. We try to represent as many viewpoints as possible, focusing on solutions, not just problems.

Dr. Daniel Schindler

View the full seminar schedule on the 2015 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.

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