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Privatising fishing rights: The way to a fisheries wonderland?

Appleby, Thomas


Tom Appleby
Associate Professor in Property


There has been a great deal of recent research proposing that that privatisation of sovereign fishing rights is a solution to overfishing. This paper examines the claims made by Costello et al. in the context of the UK fisheries and discovers a number of issues in the allocation of the UK's fishing rights to the private sector, these range from the potential de facto privatisation with no compensation to the public owner, to issues of legitimate expectation and human rights issues. The paper concludes that while privatisation may be appropriate there are a number of issues which need to be resolved to ensure a fair process of doing so.


Appleby, T. (2013). Privatising fishing rights: The way to a fisheries wonderland?. Public Law, 481-497

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Publicly Available Date Nov 30, -0001
Journal Public Law
Print ISSN 0033-3565
Publisher Sweet and Maxwell
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 481-497
Keywords fishing, law, marine, common property, privatisation, PFI, fishing rights
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Appleby_Privatising Fishing Rights.doc (156 Kb)

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