How To Scuttle Overfishing? Tax The Catch

As a summer resident of Cape Cod, the Massachusetts seashore, I realize that the importance of fishing for food, livelihood, and sport may be a bit out of proportion there. But the local debate on controls over the striped bass--called stripers, a delectable white fish and longtime staple of gastronomes on the Cape--is a concrete example of the general issue of obstacles to intelligent regulation.

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