On 27 September 2001 the Fisheries Council of Canada held its Annual Convention in Halifax. AIMS President, Brian Lee Crowley, was invited to address the convention on the topic of the future of work in our coastal communities. In his address, Crowley explores the ramifications of population change in Atlantic Canada, the need to reform social programmes like welfare and EI, and the need to escape a common property model for fishery resource management. Drawing these three streams of AIMS research together, Crowley argues that coastal communities will be able to secure a sufficient workforce for the future, even in the face of out migration to the cities, by increasing the rewards to work and releasing the productive power of capital now imprisoned by the disincentives of a common property regime.

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