A bioeconomic analysis of the impact of decommissioning programs: Application to a limited-entry french scallop fishery
|Author(s)||Guyader Olivier1, Daures Fabienne1, Fifas Spyros2|
|Affiliation(s)||1 : Marine Economics Service, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, Franc
2 : Fisheries Resources Department, Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (IFREMER), BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, Fran
|Source||Marine Resource Economics (0738-1360) (Marine Resource Economics), 2004 , Vol. 19 , N. 2 , P. 225‐242|
|Note||This study was part of the EU funded project “The significance of Economic Incentives in Fisheries Management under the CFP” (FAIR PL97-3936).|
|Keyword(s)||Fishing capacity, decommissioning programs, premium, willingness to leave, bioeconomic model, cost-benefit analysis|
The objective of this paper is to assess the benefits and costs of decommissioning policies aimed at reducing fleet capacity through premiums offered by the public authority to fishermen to scrap their vessels. A case study, the limited entry scallop fishery of the Saint Brieuc Bay, France, is used to con- sider the problem of excess capacity and to model the bioeconomic consequences of disinvestment behavior. Special attention is paid to the assessment of fishermen's willingness to leave the fishery and to the implementation of public policy in terms of budget level and premiums offered to the fishermen. Spreadsheet simulations show that the impact of decommissioning programs is positive in terms of net surplus, even in the case of increasing technical efficiency of the vessels.