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Fair fishing: supporting inclusive fiscal reform in fisheries

Ina Porras

Toolkit, 44 pages

Fisheries reform requires drastic action to help revert the alarming situation of fisheries worldwide. But for a reform to be politically viable, it is important to prepare the ground and improve transparency around subsidies and charges: Who benefits? Who is harmed? And who is left out? This toolkit focuses on fiscal fisheries management instruments, which governments use to influence economic decisions on government spending and raise revenue through taxation. They include taxes, charges and royalties — which governments use to discourage actions — and direct subsidies or tax breaks, which they use to encourage decisions linked to investments and consumption. When combined with regulations, fiscal instruments can play an important role in promoting inclusive environmental policy.

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Fisheries resources that support the livelihoods of millions of women and men are under threat due to overfishing and pollution. IIED is exploring how governments can use fiscal instruments – such as taxes and subsidies – to deliver positive socioeconomic and environmental outcomes for sustainable and inclusive fisheries management.

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Delivering sustainable fisheries through fiscal incentives

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