Evolving Economic Salmon Fisheries in the Fraser and Okanagan Rivers. Can Coop Models Assist Development of Community-Based Fisheries? January 6, 2011. Fraser River Fishery Some Current Challenges. Broadly distributed fisheries Little infrastructure, fishery and processing capital
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Can Coop Models Assist Development of
January 6, 2011
* Also: credit unions, co-op stores, co-op insurance, co-op housing, worker co-ops, artist co-ops (Arctic Co-op)
Prince Rupert Fisherman’s Co-op: Okanagan Rivers
Co-op boats docked outside the plant in Prince Rupert.Image Source: Northern Savings Credit Union
Prince Rupert Fisherman’s Co-op Okanagan Rivers
Women working on a fillet line at the co-op's Vancouver, B.C. processing plant.Image Source: Northern Savings Credit Union
An aerial view of Kaien Island, home to the city of Prince Rupert (upper left) and the co-op plant (centre).Image Source: Northern Savings Credit Union
Pre-feudal times (pre-1603)
Feudal Era (1603-1867)
Post Feudal period (1868-1948)
1. Clearly defined boundaries.
2. Appropriation and use based on local conditions.
3. Collective-choice system based on the participation of users in the decision making process.
4. Effective monitoring is done by monitors who are part of, or accountable to, the users.
5. Graduated sanctions for users who do not respect community rules
6. Conflict-resolution mechanisms which are cheap, transparent, and easy to access.
7. In case of larger CPRs: organization in the form of multiple layers of nested enterprises, with small, local CPRs at their base.
(ElinorOstrom, Governing the Commons)
A co-operative system combines the dynamism of entrepreneurship with the need for collaboration, which is the basis for managing the Fraser River fishery as a common pool resource that maximizes benefit to communities and fishers, not corporations.