Fermeuse Cod and Salmon Fishery, Newfoundland, Canada

Resource System
Marine ecosystem
Resource Units
Cod and salmon

Fermeuse is an inshore fishing community that is located on the southern shore of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, the island's eastern-most coastline. The original study, which was carried out in 1972, catalogues an action situation involving approcimately 56 fishermen and 24 fishing units or boats and crew; the resource units are cod and salmon. Allocation of fishing spots depends on the season. The commonly used allocation processes are "first-in-time, first-in-right", lottery, and division of the grounds based on the technology used.

The original case and governance strcuture was a failure, however, after 30 years and strict government regulation, the SES has come back from complete collapse. 

This case study is part of the original Common-Pool Resource (CPR) database. A summary of the original CPR coding conducted in the 1980s by Edella Schlager and Shui Yan Tang at Indiana University may be found under the Institutional Analysis Tab under CPR.