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Quota discarding and distributive justice: The case of the under-10m fishing fleet in Sussex, England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Tim Gray, Professor Selina Stead, Estelle Jones



Marine fish discarding has become a contentious environmental issue, but little attention has been paid to the moral grievances that sometimes underlie discarding practices. This article explores such a moral grievance through a case study of the under-10. m fishery in Sussex, England, where discarding of cod (Gadus morhua) has become a highly charged issue, skippers blaming it on unjust quota allocations. The moral claim to a greater quota allocation is analysed using two conceptions of distributive justice, entitlement and desert. The conclusion reached is that the under-10. m fleet's entitlement arguments for a higher quota are weaker than their desert arguments, but that entitlement arguments weigh more heavily than desert arguments with government when it allocates quota. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

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Author(s): Gray T, Korda R, Stead S, Jones E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Marine Policy

Year: 2011

Volume: 35

Issue: 2

Pages: 122-129

Print publication date: 15/09/2010

Date deposited: 30/03/2013

ISSN (print): 0308-597X

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2010.08.010


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