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DEA-based predictors for estimating fleet size changes when modelling the introduction of rights-based management


Pascoe, S and Hutton, T and van Putten, I and Dennis, D and Skewes, T and Plaganyi, E and Deng, R, DEA-based predictors for estimating fleet size changes when modelling the introduction of rights-based management, European Journal of Operational Research, 230, (3) pp. 681-687. ISSN 0377-2217 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Crown Copyright 2013 Published by Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ejor.2013.04.054


The introduction of individual transferable quotas (ITQs) into a fishery is going to change not only the amount of catch a fleet can take, but often also changes the fleet structure, particularly if total allowable catches are decreased. This can have an impact on the economic, social and environmental outcomes of fisheries management. Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) modelling approaches are recognised as the most appropriate method for assessing impacts of management, but these require information as to how fleets may change under different management systems. In this study, we test the applicability of data envelopment analysis (DEA) based performance measures as predictors of how a fishing fleet might change under the introduction of ITQs and also at different levels of quota. In particular, we test the assumption that technical efficiency and capacity utilisation are suitable predictors of which boats are likely to exit the fishery. We also consider scale efficiency as an alternative predictor. We apply the analysis to the Torres Strait tropical rock lobster fishery that is transitioning to an ITQ-based management system for one sector of the fishery. The results indicate that capacity utilisation, technical efficiency and scale efficiency are reasonable indicators of who may remain in the fishery post ITQs. We find that the use of these measures to estimate the impacts of lower quota levels provides consistent fleet size estimates at the aggregate level, but which individual vessels are predicted to exit is dependent on the measure used.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:data envelopment analysis, fleet behaviour, individual transferable quotas, management strategy evaluation
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:van Putten, I (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:118937
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:16
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-24
Last Modified:2017-10-24

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