Ebibara Shrimp Fishing Ground

Resource System
Coastal marine ecosystem
Resource Units

The original case substituted all real names with pseudonyms. The fishing community of Ebibara is a crowded section in the city of Utsumi-shi. The original study, which was published in 1968, catalogues approximately 300 fishermen in the community; the resource unit is shrimp. All fishermen belong to the local fishing co-op, which has proprietor rights to nearby fishing grounds explicitly granted by the Japanese government. The government also regulates types of fishing gear. Illegal fishing methods are employed during "off seasons", because legal practices provide insufficient income.

This case study is part of the orignal 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 CPR tab in the Institutional Analysis section below.