Environment and Development Economics

Productive efficiency, property rights, and sustainable renewable resource development in the mini-purse seine fishery of the Java Sea 1

a1 Diponegoro University, Indonesia
a2 NOAA Fisheries
a3 Universiti Putra Malaysia
a4 Central Michigan University
a5 WorldFish Center
a6 University of Southern Denmark

Article author query
susilowati i   [Google Scholar] 
bartoo n   [Google Scholar] 
omar ih   [Google Scholar] 
jeon y   [Google Scholar] 
kuperan k   [Google Scholar] 
squires d   [Google Scholar] 
vestergaard n   [Google Scholar] 


The relationship between productive efficiency and sustainable development of fishing industries in developing countries has received little attention. Ill-structured property rights in common-pool resources lead to a contradiction between private and social technical efficiency, with private and social costs dependent on the level of technical efficiency. Development policies that increase private efficiency can increase the social cost with ill-structured property rights and common-pool resources, and thereby increase social inefficiency. This paper examines this relationship through a case study of the mini purse seine fishery of the Java Sea, and finds that private technical efficiency does not depend on any measurable attributes of human capital, diverges substantially between the peak and off seasons, and differs between vessels more within the off season.

(Published Online November 21 2005)

c1 Corresponding author: Dale Squires, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. Fax: 858-546-7003. E-mail: dsquires@ucsd.edu.


1 The comments of Amy Bus Gautam, Rob Hicks, and two anonymous reviewers are gratefully acknowledged. The authors remain responsible for any remaining errors. The results are not necessarily those of the U.S. NOAA Fisheries.