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Capacity and Capacity Utilization in Fishing Industries

  • Kirkley, James E
  • Squires, Dale
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    Excess capacity of fishing fleets is one of the most pressing problems facing the world's fisheries and the sustainable harvesting of resource stocks. Considerable confusion persists over the definition and measurement of capacity and capacity utilization in fishing. Fishing capacity and capacity utilization, rather than capital (or effort) utilization, provide the appropriate framework. This paper provides both technological-economic and economic definitions of capacity and excess capacity in fishing and illustrates the technological-economic approach through a case study using Data Envelopment Analysis.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, UC San Diego in its series University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series with number qt6k91b50v.

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    Date of creation: 01 Jul 1999
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    Handle: RePEc:cdl:ucsdec:qt6k91b50v
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