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The Northern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries: Management and Policy Implications


  • Trond Bjørndal

    (Imperial College, London and University of Portsmouth)

  • Ana Brasão

    (Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias)


In this paper, a discrete time, multi-gear and age structured bio-economic model is developed for the Northern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, which is a paradigmatic example of the difficulties faced in managing highly migratory fish stocks. The 1995 U.N. Fish Stocks Agreement provides guidance as to the sustainable management of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks, maintaining that coastal states and distant water fishing nations should cooperate in the management of these stocks through Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMO). The objective of this paper is to propose alternative management strategies that could be taken into account by the RFMO managing this fishery, and to investigate some of the policy implications.

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  • Trond Bjørndal & Ana Brasão, 2004. "The Northern Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries: Management and Policy Implications," Working Papers 2004.69, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2004.69

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    1. R. Quentin Grafton & Leif K. Sandal & Stein Ivar Steinshamn, 2000. "How to Improve the Management of Renewable Resources: The Case of Canada's Northern Cod Fishery," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 82(3), pages 570-580.
    2. Bjorndal, Trond, 1988. "The optimal management of North Sea Herring," Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Elsevier, vol. 15(1), pages 9-29, March.
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    Bioeconomic model; Bluefin tuna; Optimal management recommendations;

    JEL classification:

    • Q22 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Fishery

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