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To fish, or not to fish?: a case study of the fishing conflict in the Gulf of Bothnia
2002 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When managing natural resources it is important not only to ensure the sustainability of the resource but also take consideration to the users of the resource. This case study is an example of where the policy failed to take into account the appropriators of the resource, which in turn caused an intense political conflict. Finnish and Swedish professional fishermen in the Gulf of Bothnia have fallen under the jurisdiction of the Border Commission, which is an international organization. In the summers of 2000 and 2001 Swedish fishermen protested intensely against the fishing regulations, however the Finnish fishermen did not protest much. The hypothesis presented in this essay is that there is an imbalance between the Swedish property rights and fishing policy. In Finland the right to fish salmon is owned by the State while it is privately owned in Sweden. This hypothesis was not proven false, but strengthened. No other factor examined could explain the differences in conflict levels in Finland and Sweden. The fishing regulations stipulated by the Border Commission and the Finnish and Swedish agricultural ministers seem to have conflicted with rules regulating the property rights in Haparanda Archipelago. There is hierarchy of formal laws in democratic societies with the constitution on the top. Private property rights are regulated in the Swedish constitution and takes precedence to fishing policy stipulated by the Border Commission and decisions made by the agricultural ministers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002.
Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Political Scienses, natural resources, common-pool resources, institutions, property rights, fiske, Torneälven, gränsälvskommissionen
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-51214ISRN: LTU-DUPP--02/21--SELocal ID: 86da0886-134b-49e8-a253-22960b0f2d6eOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-51214DiVA: diva2:1024576
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Political Science, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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