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Thirty years of fleet dynamics modelling using discrete-choice models: what have we learned?


Girardin, R and Hamon, KG and Pinnegar, J and Poos, JJ and Thebaud, O and Tidd, A and Vermard, Y and Marchal, P, Thirty years of fleet dynamics modelling using discrete-choice models: what have we learned?, Fish and Fisheries, 18, (4) pp. 638-655. ISSN 1467-2960 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12194


Anticipating fisher behaviour is necessary for successful fisheries management. Of the different concepts that have been developed to understand individual fisher behaviour, random utility models (RUMs) have attracted considerable attention in the past three decades, and more particularly so since the 2000s. This study aimed at summarizing and analysing the information gathered from RUMs used during the last three decades around the globe. A methodology has been developed to standardize information across different studies and compare RUM results. The studies selected focused on fishing effort allocation. Six types of fisher behaviour drivers were considered: the presence of other vessels in the same fishing area, tradition, expected revenue, species targeting, costs, and risk-taking. Analyses were performed using three separate linear modelling approaches to assess the extent to which these different drivers impacted fisher behaviour in three fleet types: fleets fishing for demersal species using active gears, fleets fishing for demersal species using passive gears and fleets fishing for pelagic species. Fishers are attracted by higher expected revenue, tradition, species targeting and presence of others, but avoid choices involving large costs. Results also suggest that fishers fishing for demersal species using active gears are generally more influenced by past seasonal (long-term) patterns than by the most recent (short-term) information. Finally, the comparison of expected revenue with other fisher behaviour drivers highlights that demersal fishing vessels are risk-averse and that tradition and species targeting influence fisher decisions more than expected revenue.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fisher behaviour, meta-analysis, random utility model
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Tidd, A (Dr Alexander Tidd)
ID Code:116217
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:43
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-05-03
Last Modified:2018-08-15

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