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The management of the UK's public fishery: A large squatting claim?

Appleby, Thomas; van der Werf, Ytzen; Williams, Chris


Chris Williams


The UK’s fishery is a public asset worth in the region of £1,125 million. The free allocation of quota to commercial businesses on the basis of 2 years’ track record is a similar process to permitting that public asset to be squatted. The complex and badly drafted regulation which underpins this process has permitted a great deal of uncertainty in the allocation of fishing quota and the opaque mechanisms for the allocation of quota are likely to lead to concentration of quota among a few fishing businesses. This is largely responsibility of the UK authorities rather than European Union. It will need primary legislation to resolve this issue and establish a proper transparent system according to the practices conducted almost universally elsewhere in government when disposing of public assets to the private sector.


Appleby, T., van der Werf, Y., & Williams, C. (2016). The management of the UK's public fishery: A large squatting claim?

Acceptance Date May 11, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2016
Journal Working Paper
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Keywords fishing, quota, property, squatting, human rights, possession, marine, valuation


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