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Defining viable recovery paths toward sustainable fisheries

  • Martinet, Vincent
  • Thebaud, Olivier
  • Doyen, Luc

Cet article développe une analyse formelle des processus de restauration des pêcheries, depuis des situations de crise vers des niveaux d'exploitation soutenables ciblés. Le cadre théorique utilisé est la théorie de la viabilité. Les auteurs définissent la soutenabilité par un ensemble de contraintes économiques, écologiques et sociales qu'une pêcherie viable doit satisfaire. Les contraintes biologiques sont basées sur la définition d'une biomasse minimale du stock de ressource à préserver. Les contraintes économiques sont liées à la rentabilité des navires de la pêcherie. Les contraintes sociales font référence au maintien d'une flottille importante pour garantir l'emploi, et à une vitesse maximale d'ajustement de cette taille de flottille. En contrôlant l'ajustement de la taille de la flottille et le niveau d'effort de pêche, ils identifient les états du système bioéconomique pour lesquels une exploitation soutenable est possible, au sens où toutes les contraintes définies précédemment sont satisfaites à toute période. De tels états favorables sont appelés états viables. Ils examinent ensuite des phases de transition possibles depuis des situations de crises vers ces états viables. Ils caractérisent les sentiers de restauration par leur temps de crise, qui est défini comme le nombre de périodes pendant lesquelles les contraintes ne sont pas respectées. Cette approche est appliquée à la pêcherie langoustinière du golfe de Gascogne. Le sentier de transition identifié par l'approche de viabilité est comparé à la trajectoire historique, à un scénario d'accès libre, et à un scénario d'optimalité économique.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Ecological Economics.

Volume (Year): 64 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (December)
Pages: 411-422

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