Overfishing of Bluefin Tuna: Incentivizing Inclusive Solutions

38 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2013 Last revised: 22 Jan 2014

Date Written: November 18, 2013


This article explores the depletion of Bluefin Tuna from an international law perspective, in order to analyze how international organizations might better manage and redistribute scarce resources. It assesses regime interplay, linkages, and new developments in the law of international organizations, to argue that coastal nations and distant water fishing nations should be strategically linking issues to reduce overfishing, and moreover, that Regional Fisheries Management Organizations should (and in some cases must, as a matter of law) improve their internal governance. The article argues that financial incentives to encourage a lower catch will ultimately lead to a more equitable and efficient system.

Keywords: fisheries, scarcity, international organizations, RFMOs, incentives

Suggested Citation

Boon, Kristen E., Overfishing of Bluefin Tuna: Incentivizing Inclusive Solutions (November 18, 2013). University of Louisville Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2356566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2356566

Kristen E. Boon (Contact Author)

Seton Hall Law School ( email )

One Newark Center
Newark, NJ 07102
United States

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