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Issue No:56
  • :0973–1121
  • :July
  • :2010

The Fisherwoman
The fisherwoman
in her boat
under the sky,
deep blue above,
deep blue below,
salty, skin
the fisherwoman

A soft song
o my love, o my lord,
carry me, float me, rock me, rescue me
a soft song for the fish and the sky
and the broad ocean and all the things on islands
that call to her.

Buildings, streets, people, suits
on green islands
across the ancient ocean,
the endless sleeping sea.

Through the light she sees the islands
and the fish watch
and wait.

—Janet Jackson

Response : ITQs

From Fishing to Speculation

This critical response to an article in the last issue of SAMUDRA Report argues that individual transferable quotas have transformed Danish fisheries into a casino economy

This article is by Knud Andersen (, Chairman of the Danish Society for a Living Sea, with Hoger Lauritsen (, PhD Fellow, Institute for Philosophy and History of Ideas, University of Aarhus, Denmark

The previous issue of SAMUDRA Report contained an article on fisheries management in Denmark (“Sharing the Wealth”, SAMUDRA Report No.55, March 2010), written by a high-ranking official of the Danish Ministry of Fisheries, Mogens Schou, Adviser to the Minister of Fisheries. The Danish Society for a Living Sea fundamentally disagrees with Schou’s main conclusions concerning the coastal and artisanal fisheries, and, in the following article, we present our evaluation of fisheries reform in Denmark, which came into force on 1 January 2007.

In 2001, the former Danish social-democratic government was replaced by a rightwing government with a firm belief in the benefits of the free market. Since then, privatization has been carried out in various areas, and social inequality has increased. The fisheries reform should be seen...

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