Quota hopping under the Common Fishing Policy

Marcos Domínguez Torreiro, Ana. B. Freijeiro Álvarez, Manuel Varela Lafuente


In this article the process of property internationalisation within the fishing sector of the European Union is analysed (in particular, the strategy kwon as quota hopping, as implemented by the Spanish fishing sector). During its development a conflit has arisen in relation with the defense of the national character of the quotas allocated by the Principle of Relative Stability. The implementation of restrictive measures, e.g. the requirement of “economic links” has changed the context where agents involved in the process of internationalisation make their decisions. In our article the different strategies are analysed and the outcomes are evaluated.


quota hopping; common fisheries policy; fishing regulation

Subject classification

Q22, Q18.

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