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Capacity and economic efficiency in small-scale fisheries: Evidence from the Mediterranean Sea


  • Idda, Lorenzo
  • Madau, Fabio A.
  • Pulina, Pietro


To design an effective capacity management plan for small-scale fisheries one must understand what one is measuring and define its capacity. As recognized by some authors, overcapacity is a problem that generally affects small-scale fisheries just as much as it does other types of fishing. This study aims to estimate fishing capacity, technical efficiency, scale efficiency and capacity utilization in a particular small-scale fishery in the Mediterranean, i.e., the Northwest Sardinian fleet in Italy. A non-parametric approach using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) model was applied to a sample of trawls in order to estimate their economic capacity, and related measurements were taken. The capacity and efficiency with reference to two different alternative scenarios were also calculated.

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  • Idda, Lorenzo & Madau, Fabio A. & Pulina, Pietro, 2009. "Capacity and economic efficiency in small-scale fisheries: Evidence from the Mediterranean Sea," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 33(5), pages 860-867, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:marpol:v:33:y:2009:i:5:p:860-867

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