Capturing the Commons: Devising Institutions to Manage the Maine Lobster Industry
James M. AchesonPaper: $29.95
. . . fishermen, scientists, regulators, and especially politicians would do well to absorb its lessons.
[This] is an extremely fine, informative read. [Acheson] provides a competent, convincing course on the difficult management of a common resource, especially one where there is a lack of resource predictability and great uncertainties, all complicated with the tangled matrix in which the culture, institutions and formal regulations unfolds. It is highly recommended.
—International Journal of Maritime History
Documenting the way in which different kinds of formal and informal institutions were developed to manage the booming Maine lobster industry, providing a case study of the management of one highly successful fishery, and, by doing so, contributing to the body of theory concerning the conditions under which people will and will not devise institutions to manage natural resources.
—Natural Resources Journal
An intriguing book that will interest fishermen, resource managers, and scholars... this book is a timely and important one, in light of the fact that sixty percent of the world's fisheries are in various states of degradation and crisis.
Sophisticated and wise... The product of a lifetime of studying the lobster fishery by one of the foremost economic anthropologists... Acheson shows that most of the common wisdom about fisheries management is just plain wrong, and how it can be fixed...
—Richard Wilk, Anthropology Department, Indiana University
JAMES M. ACHESON is Professor of Anthropology and Marine Sciences at the University of Maine. He is author of The Lobster Gangs of Maine (UPNE 1988), one of the first popular studies of the lobster industry.