Economic consequences of fuel tax concessions removal in northern Baltic salmon fisheries

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Title: Economic consequences of fuel tax concessions removal in northern Baltic salmon fisheries
Author: Salenius, Fredrik
Other contributor: Helsingin yliopisto, Maatalous-metsätieteellinen tiedekunta, Taloustieteen laitos
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, Department of Economics and Management
Helsingfors universitet, Agrikultur- och forstvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutionen för ekonomi
Publisher: Helsingfors universitet
Date: 2014
Language: eng
Thesis level: master's thesis
Discipline: Miljöekonomi
Environmental Economics
Abstract: Fishing vessels run on fossil fuels that produce greenhouse gases, which are harmful to the environment and costly to society. Since fuel use in fisheries is often subsidized through tax concessions, private fuel consumption will be higher than what is socially optimal. Furthermore,fuel tax concessions will lead to greater fishing effort, with overfishing as a possible consequence. This thesis deals with these negative externalities associated with fisheries. The aim of the study is to elicit the economic and environmental effects fromremoving fuel tax concessions, and to view these effects in relation to the results of current and optimal fisheries management.To this end, four different fuel costscenarios are introducedas basis for the analysis.The current situation of the fishery is compared to an optimized fishery with fuel tax concessions maintained andremoved, i.e. with fuel costs implemented. The target of the studyis thecommercial Baltic salmon fishery, which is a small-scale coastal fishery carried out with trapnets. The analysis employs a bioeconomic model, which accounts for the economic and biological features of this specific fishery. Results from the analysis conveyed that the fishery is currently unprofitable, and therefore not capable of coping withadditional costsimposed on it. However, results from the optimization suggest that economic performance can be improvedby managing the fishery in an optimal way, i.e. by adjustingthe fishing effort to an efficient level. Furthermore, amovement to optimal management is suggested to be an efficient way of gaining both economic and environmental benefits. An optimally managed fishery is thus better equipped to pay for the external costs fromtheCO2 emissions arising from its fishing operations.
Subject: Atlantic salmon fisheries
fuel subsidies
fuel tax concessions
CO 2 emissions
bioeconomic modeling
Itämeren lohenkalastus
polttoaineen verovapautus
CO2 päästöt
bioekonominen mallinnus

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