Mackinac Center for Public Policy Debate Workshop speaker
Greg Rehmke has prepared a series of “talking points”— succinct points of information for audiences to whom he speaks. The following talking points cover the basics of debate and “Ocean Economics.”

  • Introduction

  • Ocean Economics and Protecting Species

  • Ocean Economics and Protecting Species II

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    Mackinac Center for Public Policy Debate Workshop speaker
    Michael DeAlessi is the author of numerous articles, studies, a book, and a recent letter to the New York Times. Two of his publications can be found by following the links below. De Alessi’s book, “Fishing for Solutions” can be purchased from the Institute of Economic Affairs.

  • “Fisheries Depletion in New York Times” is a letter authored by DeAlessi to the New York Times in response to the Times’ report of a new study on fisher depletion.

  • “Save the Lobster!” was first published on the South Australian Lobster Advisory Council web site.

  • “Fishing for Solutions,” Institute of Economic Affairs, 1998.

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    Mackinac Center for Public Policy Debate Workshop speaker
    Don Leal is the author of “Fencing the Fishery” and “Homesteading the Oceans.” He and his colleagues have written extensively on the importance of property rights in protecting wildlife.

  • “Fencing the Fishery: A Primer on Ending The Race for Fish,” Political Economy Research Center (PERC), 2002. One hardcopy of this book will be given to a representative of each school attending the Mackinac Center’s Debate Workshop.

  • “Homesteading the Oceans:” The Case for Property Rights in U.S. Fisheries, PERC, August 2000.

  • “Farming the Ocean,” by Blake Hurst is a short article about an idea from environmental engineer and entrepreneur Michael Markels that could revolutionize fisheries and improve the environment.

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  • “Fencing the Oceans: A Rights-Based Approach to Privatizing Fisheries,” by Birgir Runolffson. Runolfsson is an associate professor of economics and director of the Center for Rights-Based Fishing at the University of Iceland. The Cato Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.

  • “Ocean Farming: An Emerging Agribusiness,” by Per 0. Heggelund and Thomas Trzyna. Heggelund is President of the AquaSeed Corporation, a for-profit supplier of Coho and Salmon feedstock. Thomas Trzyna is Dean of Arts and Sciences at Seattle Pacific University.

  • “Study reveals plunge in big fish numbers,” by Lidia Wasowicz, United Press International Senior Science Writer.

  • “Taking Fish to Market: Why not trade fishing rights the way business trades pollution credits?” by Robert Stavins, Forbes, April 2003.

  • “This Fishery is Happy As a Clam,” by the Frasier Institute of Vancouver, British Columbia, January 2003.

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    OTHER SITES:

    Individual Transferable Quotas (ITQ) links page. An ITQ represents the right to harvest a certain amount of marine life or to transfer (sell, give away) that right to another individual, group, or business. This page is maintained for people interested in news about the sea and ocean.

    National Fisheries Conservation Center (NFCC). The NFCC online is a clearinghouse of information related to fisheries conservation and fishing industry restructuring.