On the influence of environmental factors on harvest: the French Guiana shrimp fishery paradox

Type Article
Date 2017-04
Language English
Author(s) Sanz Nicolas1, Diop Bassirou1, Blanchard FabianORCID2, 3, Lampert LuisORCID4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Antilles Guyane, CEREGMIA, Enseignement Super, Campus Troubiran,Bat E Bur 205,2091 Route Baduel, F-97337 Cayenne, France.
2 : Univ Guyane, CNRS, IFREMER,UMSR 3456, Lab Ecol Evolut Interact Aystemes Amazoniens LEEI, F-97300 Cayenne, France.
3 : IFREMER, BP 477, F-97331 Cayenne, French Guiana, France.
4 : IFREMER, Ctr Bretagne, ZI Pointe Diable, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
Source Environmental Economics And Policy Studies (1432-847X) (Springer), 2017-04 , Vol. 19 , N. 2 , P. 233-247
DOI 10.1007/s10018-016-0153-6
WOS© Times Cited 3
Keyword(s) Fisheries, Harvest production function, El Ni(n)over-tildeo, La Ni(n)over-tildea, Amazonian rivers
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to investigate the environmental nature of the French Guiana shrimp fishery dynamics through an empirical analysis. To do so, we specify a global harvest production function, in which the output depends on the number of days at sea and the stock level. In addition, we use some environmental variables representing the ‘El Niño’ and ‘la Niña’ phenomena, the sea surface temperature, and the flow of some Amazonian rivers as instruments. This method enables us to correct the well-known simultaneous bias between the harvest and the stock levels and to show that harvest is significantly dependent on the environmental factors analyzed, which may compromise the future of the French Guiana shrimp fishery in the context of climate change.
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