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Sustainable fisheries

Fishermen's aims of increasing their catch seem at odds with preserving fish stocks by limiting catch. A study of more than 11,000 fisheries shows that 'individual tradable quotas' can reconcile these goals.

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Figure 1: Benefits of individual tradable quotas (ITQs).


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Heal, G., Schlenker, W. Sustainable fisheries. Nature 455, 1044–1045 (2008).

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