A Culturally Correct Proposal to Privatize the British Columbia Salmon Fishery

49 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2004  

D. Bruce Johnsen

George Mason University - School of Law; PERC - Property and Environment Research Center

Date Written: November 2004

Abstract

Canada now faces two looming policy crises that have come to a head in British Columbia. The first is long-term depletion of the Pacific salmon fishery by mobile commercial ocean fishermen racing to intercept salmon under the rule of capture. The second is an unsettling series of native land claims resulting from Canadian Supreme Court case law recognizing and affirming "the existing aboriginal and treaty rights of the aboriginal peoples of Canada." This essay relies on the economics of property rights to propose a privatization auction of the salmon fishery while promoting the Canadian commonwealth and respecting the tribes' distinctive aboriginal culture.

JEL Classification: K00, K22, Q22, Q28

Suggested Citation

Johnsen, D. Bruce, A Culturally Correct Proposal to Privatize the British Columbia Salmon Fishery (November 2004). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 04-49. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=614101 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.614101

D. Bruce Johnsen (Contact Author)

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