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Economic Benefits of Multi-Species Management: The Pelagic Fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic


  • Nils-Arne Ekerhovd
  • Stein Ivar Steinshamn


Optimal management of herring, mackerel, and blue whiting in the North East Atlantic is analyzed. The main motivation is to quantify the potential gain from implementing multispecies management compared to traditional single-species management. The objective is to maximize discounted net revenue; in other words a sole-owner perspective. The results are derived from an empirically based surplus growth type of model with three species. The biological interaction in the model is mainly competition for food. One result is that discounted net revenue could have been around 25% higher if the stocks had been optimally managed from a multi-species perspective.

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  • Nils-Arne Ekerhovd & Stein Ivar Steinshamn, 2016. "Economic Benefits of Multi-Species Management: The Pelagic Fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic," Marine Resource Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 31(2), pages 193-210.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:mresec:doi:10.1086/685383

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    1. Toumasatos, Evangelos & Steinshamn, Stein Ivar, 2017. "Coalition Formation with Externalities: The Case of the Northeast Atlantic Mackerel Fishery in a Pre and Post Brexit Context," Discussion Papers 2017/11, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Business and Management Science.
    2. Ekerhovd, Nils-Arne & Kvamsdal, Sturla F., 2017. "Up the ante on bioeconomic submodels of marine food webs: A data assimilation-based approach," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 131(C), pages 250-261.

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