West Virginia University The American Fishing Industry Case Study


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This completes the Case Study and is the final draft of the process writing assignment, see Final Draft for complete details.

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Case Study

Assignment Details: A Case Study on Catch Shares

Society is becoming increasingly aware of the strain we are putting on the world’s resources. Sometimes private individuals or groups are left to take up the cause of sustainability. However, in many cases governments have intervened in an effort to conserve resources for future generations. The fishing industry is one such of these examples. The government has begun regulating markets in the US and effectively creating catch quotas for commercial fisherman.

This is a multipart assignment in which you will examine and evaluate the fishing market, outlining the merits and weaknesses of regulations as well as suggest an alternative, from an economic point of view. As you progress through the course you will incorporate more and more economic language into your analysis, in the end forming a complete economic discussion.

This is NOT a Collaborative assignment. You are not to work with another student on this assignment or third party (this includes current and former students, private tutors and aids through third party websites). Students are ONLY permitted to work with the course instructor, the course TAs, and the USF writing studio. Each student must provide individual work and is not permitted to share OR discuss writing assignments with another student, current or former, all or in part. Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Anyone, both current and former students, who do not follow this policy will be in direct violation of the USF honor code and reported.

Review each part of the assignment before the end of Week 1 in order to familiarize yourself with the assignment in its entirety:

Pre-writing Assignment

Rough Draft

Final Draft

Final Draft

This portion of the assignment also has two main parts. You should incorporate these with the previous draft to form a cohesive whole. Do not include section title/headers.

Part I – (this draws on monopoly and antitrust regulation (Ch 15) to improve the argument made in the Rough Draft as well as describe an unintended consequence)

Consider catch shares and the negative aspects of this government intervention. In addition to improving your paper based on the feedback you received, add to your previous discussion of catch shares using what you have learned about how monopolists make pricing and output decisions and how and why market power is a problem. Recall from the documentary how catch shares and monopoly are related. Include any other negative aspects of catch shares that you find through your own research.

Part II – (this requires you to offer a creative alternate solution to the consequence you described above)

Now put yourself in the role of a social advocate. Noting the problems you presented above, what solutions do you have to help protect society? Offer an alternative solution that addresses the issues you noted in the rough draft and avoids the problems you noted above. Be creative, you are not limited to possible government interventions but should also consider potential interventions from other groups in society.

Note: This is the final part of the writing assignment. No section titles are necessary however you must submit a cohesive completed paper with title page, introduction, body, conclusion, a graph, and bibliography page. The paper should breakdown the fishing market and problems within it, evaluate the current solution and it’s limitations, and propose an original contribution/potential solution – use economic terminology throughout.

This is a graded assignment. You should refer to the rubric before you begin writing as well as during the writing process: GEA1 Rubric.pdf

The body of the text must be at least 7, no more than 8, full pages: a revision of the first 4 pages already submitted (addressing all comments you received on the draft as well as integrating the draft with this new part) PLUS an additional 3 pages. It should be in written your own words and not a series of quoted texts. Your document must follow formatting rules (font, spacing, margins, etc), see GenEd Assignments.

Only use in-line citations with the author and the year in parentheses at the end of the sentence; do not include citations in the footers. The full citation should be given on the bibliography page only.

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