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An analysis of the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture legislation – with special emphasis on environmental concerns, legitimacy, efficiency and rule of law

The aim of the project is to assess the license and sanction system in the Norwegian fisheries and aquaculture legislation.

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In the fisheries sector licenses are allocated with legal basis in the Participation Act, whilst quotas are allocated with legal basis in the Marin Resources Act. Licenses in aquaculture are allocated with legal basis in the Aquaculture Act. The maximum production of fish under each license is also regulated in the Aquaculture Act. There is an extensive system of enforcement, control and sanctioning to ensure compliance.

About the project

The aim of the project is to clarify current law in selected areas of the legislation and assess it in a broader societal context.

The main objective is to assess to what extent the concession and sanction system provides for environmental sustainability, socioeconomic profitability and a clear and predictable exercise of authority.

In order to do this the project is divided in five intermediate objectives that is planned being done in five articles. The research question for each objective is:

  1. To what extent has the historical development of the concession and sanction system affected current law?
  2. How extensive are the duties in the concession system that provides for environmental concerns in the Marine Resources Act and Aquaculture Act?
  3. To what extent does the concession and sanction system in the fisheries legislation secure predictability for the private parties in the industry?
  4. To what extent, and how, can user involvement in the concession and sanction system in the fisheries legislation provide for a clearer and more predictable management?
  5. To what extent can a resource rent taxation and/or an environmental fee/environmental fund strengthen the aims in the Aquaculture Act of sustainable management and value creation along the coast?
Published Dec. 4, 2017 9:59 AM - Last modified Dec. 4, 2017 11:52 AM