Mr Takada and the Shrimping Industry

Sunday 31st of July, we met Mr. Takada at his place. Since the weather was not favourable to go for a boat trip study, we finally end up having a lecture in his living room.
We first heard about Mr. Takada reading the research paper of Professer Ito about Akleshi fishing industry. In the second part concerning the shrimping industry, we learn how Mr. Takada manage to change the way of doing fishery in Akkeshi, in a more sustainable approach. Reading this paper, several questions came to my mind that I was eager to ask to Mr. Takada.

As Mr. Ito mentioned in the abstract of his paper, his work aimed at pointing out a case of success in implementing sustainable measures, overcoming the dilemma known as the “Tragedy of the Commons”, that highlights the opposites motivations underlying individuals and common interest. Mr. Takada managed to enforce some measures to allow shrimp population to regenerate in a long run while most of the fisherperson were against, as they fear that their income would decrease. How did he do that?
I asked the question in the meeting. I assume that the key lies on the fact that Mr. Takada is actually endowed with absolute power to enforce decisions within the shrimping team. Obviously, he did not want to impose his views arbitrarily and lead a campaign to convince fisherperson that this policy will be beneficial for all of them. It was successful in some extent but still, some fisherpeople decided to quit the shrimping team.

Then,how to draw conclusions from this success in implementing sustainable measures? It appears from the meeting with Mr Takada that such measures would probably not have been came to reality if the political structure of the organization was not lead by a chief able to enforce rules not matter what. This is feature is precisely what we do not find in most environmental issues. Also, in this case, Mr. Takada was wise enough to use his power in a way that is beneficial for everyone. However, we can expect that usually, the chief tends to use power for his own advantage at the expense of the common good. Eventually, in my opinion, the case of shrimping fishery highlights the importance of political structures and leadership in the overcoming of environmental issues.

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