Friday, December 9, 2011

A review of EU bio-economic models for fisheries: The value of a diversity of models
Abstract: The lessons learned from a review of thirteen existing European bio-economic models used in the evaluation of EU policies are presented. How these models compare and differ in terms of their biological and economic components, the integration between the components, which indicators are selected and how they are used, are described and analysed. The article concludes that the multitude of construction differences reflects the necessity of adapting the modelling approach to answer different questions. Since real life questions in fisheries are so diverse, answering them requires a diversity of models.

► BEMs are used to understand the feedback between human activity and natural resources.
► When a model is built initial attention must be given to the fishery management problem.
► The simulation of fisherman behaviour is not extensively included in the models.
► A tradeoff between simplicity and usefulness emerges when integrated models are used.
► New research questions will stimulate the development of new models.

by Raúl Prellezo 1, Paolo Accadia 2, Jesper L. Andersen 3, Bo S. Andersen 4, Erik Buisman 5, Alyson Little 6, J. Rasmus Nielsen 4, Jan Jaap Poos 7, Jeff Powell 5, Christine Röckmann 7
1. AZTI-Tecnalia, Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/G, 48395 Sukarrieta, Spain; Tel.: +34 94 6574000; fax: +34 94 6572555.
2. IREPA Onlus Via S. Leonardo, Traversa Migliaro, 84131 Salerno, Italy
3. Institute of Food and Resource Economics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics Unit, Rolighedsvej 25, 1958 Frederiksberg C, Copenhagen, Denmark
4. National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua, Technical University of Denmark, Jaegersborg Allé 1, 2920 Charlottenlund, Denmark
5. LEI Wageningen UR, PO Box 29703, 2502 LS Den Haag, The Netherlands
6. CEFAS, Lowestoft Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT, United Kingdom
7. IMARES Wageningen UR, Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies, PO Box 68, 1970 AB IJmuiden, The Netherlands
Marine Policy via Elsevier Science Direct
Volume 36, Issue 2; March, 2012; Pages 423-431
Keywords: Bio-economic models; European region; Model characteristics; Review

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