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An analysis of fishing capacity in the western and central Pacific Ocean tuna fishery and management implications

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  • Reid, Christopher
  • Squires, Dale
  • Jeon, Yongil
  • Rodwell, Len
  • Clarke, Raymond

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Recent increases in the volume of canning grade tuna caught in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) have led to concern about the increasing catching capacity of the fleet of purse seine vessels operating in the fishery. In this paper, data envelopment analysis is used to examine the current technical efficiency of the WCPO purse seine fleet, the potential catching capacity of the fleet and the excess capacity currently present in the fishery. These estimates are then used to examine possible implications of a move to a management regime based on limiting the total number of fishing days in the fishery.

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  • Reid, Christopher & Squires, Dale & Jeon, Yongil & Rodwell, Len & Clarke, Raymond, 2003. "An analysis of fishing capacity in the western and central Pacific Ocean tuna fishery and management implications," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 27(6), pages 449-469, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:27:y:2003:i:6:p:449-469
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    4. Dario Pinello & Angelos Liontakis & Alexandra Sintori & Irene Tzouramani & Konstantinos Polymeros, 2016. "Assessing the Efficiency of Small-Scale and Bottom Trawler Vessels in Greece," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 8(7), pages 1-11, July.
    5. Szakiel, Stephanie & Che, Nhu & Gooday, Peter & Elliston, Lisa, 2006. "Measuring Capacity in Commonwealth Fisheries," 2006 Conference (50th), February 8-10, 2006, Sydney, Australia 139908, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.

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