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Opportunities for agent-based modelling in human dimensions of fisheries


Burgess, MG and Carrella, E and Drexler, M and Axtell, RL and Bailey, RM and Watson, JR and Cabral, RB and Clemence, M and Costello, C and Dorsett, C and Gaines, SD and Klein, ES and Koralus, P and Leonard, G and Levin, SA and Little, LR and Lynham, J and Madsen, JK and Merkl, A and Owashi, B and Saul, SE and Van Putten, IE and Wilcox, S, Opportunities for agent-based modelling in human dimensions of fisheries, Fish and Fisheries, 21, (3) pp. 570-587. ISSN 1467-2960 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12447


Models of human dimensions of fisheries are important to understanding and predicting how fishing industries respond to changes in marine ecosystems and management institutions. Advances in computation have made it possible to construct agent-based models (ABMs) - which explicitly describe the behaviour of individual people, firms or vessels in order to understand and predict their aggregate behaviours. ABMs are widely used for both academic and applied purposes in many settings including finance, urban planning and the military, but are not yet mainstream in fisheries science and management, despite a growing literature. ABMs are well suited to understanding emergent consequences of fisher interactions, heterogeneity and bounded rationality, especially in complex ecological, social and institutional contexts. For these reasons, we argue that ABMs of human behaviour can contribute significantly to human dimensions of fisheries in three areas: (a) understanding interactions between multiple management institutions; (b) incorporating cognitive and behavioural sciences into fisheries science and practice; and (c) understanding and projecting the social consequences of management institutions. We provide simple examples illustrating the potential for ABMs in each of these areas, using conceptual ("toy") versions of the POSEIDON model. We argue that salient strategic advances in these areas could pave the way for increased tactical use of ABMs in fishery management settings. We review common ABM development and application challenges, with the aim of providing guidance to beginning ABM developers and users studying human dimensions of fisheries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:complexity, ecosystem-based fishery management, governance, human behaviour, socialecological systems, sustainability
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Van Putten, IE (Dr Ingrid Van Putten)
ID Code:143587
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-03-25
Last Modified:2021-06-23

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