AgriFood-Policy Brief 2010:3

Resource Rent in Swedish Fisheries

Authors: Staffan Waldo  Christopher Wingård 

One of the bases for achieving a positive development of the Swedish fishing industry is that commercial fishing is profitable and competitive. One measure of this is the resource rent, ie. society’s return from their fishing resources. Resource rent is calculated here for the years 2005 to 2008 for four Swedish segments; demersal trawlers, trawlers targeting Norwegian lobster, shrimp trawlers, and pelagic trawlers. The total landing from these segments has a value of 950 million SEK, which is about 83% of the total Swedish landings. The results show that:

  • Resource rent was negative during the period 2005-2007, but increased in all segments in 2008. Demersal and pelagic trawlers had a positive resource rent in 2008, while trawlers targeting shrimp or Norwegian lobster had a negative.
  • • Resource rent in Swedish fisheries is generally low compared to results from studies of other nations. One of the reasons for this is the high costs of the Swedish fishing industry.


Staffan Waldo

Christopher Wingård