HArvesting Economic Models And Catch-To-Biomass Dependence: The Case Of Small Pelagic Fish

Pedro Gajardo, Julio Peña-Torres, Héctor Ramírez C.

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In the case of small pelagic fish, it seems reasonable to consider harvest functions depending nonlinearly on fishing effort and fish stock. Indeed, empirical evidence about these fish species suggests that marginal catch does not necessarily react in a linear way neither to changes in fishing effort nor in fish stock levels. This is in contradiction with traditional fishery economic models where catch-to-input marginal productivities are normally assumed to be constant. While allowing for nonlinearities in both catch-to-effort and catch-to-stock parameters, this paper extends the traditional single-stock harvesting economic model by focusing on the dependence of the stationary solutions upon the nonlinear catch-to-stock parameter. Thus, we analyze equilibrium responses to changes in this parameter, which in turn may be triggered either by climatic or technological change. Given the focus in this study on the case of small pelagic fish, the analysis considers positive but small values for the catch-to-stock parameter. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)268-296
Number of pages29
JournalNatural Resource Modeling
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2011

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