Aquat. Living Resour.
Volume 21, Number 3, July-September 2008
Advances in Fisheries Analysis and Modelling
|Page(s)||265 - 273|
|Published online||26 July 2008|
Linking catchability and fisher behaviour under effort management
LEI (Agricultural Economics Research Institute), Fisheries Unit, PO Box 29703, 2502 LS The Hague, The Netherlands
2 Wageningen IMARES, Wageningen UR, PO Box 68, 1970 AB IJmuiden, The Netherlands
Corresponding author: Hans.vanOostenbrugge@wur.nl
Accepted: 13 March 2008
Catchability is crucial for the economic performance of fisheries and their management. However, in many bio-economic simulation models it is assumed to be either constant or it is largely ignored, despite the fact that it is known to vary due to technical, environmental and behavioral factors. Such variation can cause the relationship between effort and fishing mortality to be nonlinear. This paper provides evidence for the possibility of nonlinear optimizing behavior from the Dutch beam trawl fishery, provides a methodology for estimating the curvature of the resulting relation, and a simple way of implementing these processes within a bio-economic model. Moreover, it shows the influence of a nonlinear relationship between effort and fishing mortality in a model of effort management (EU long-term flatfish management plan).
Key words: Non-linearity / Bio-economic modeling / FLR framework / North Sea flatfish fishery
© EDP Sciences, IFREMER, IRD, 2008
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