Thirty years of fleet dynamics modelling using discrete-choice models: What have we learned?

Type Article
Date 2017-07
Language English
Author(s) Girardin Raphael1, Hamon Katell2, Pinnegar John3, Poos Jan Jaap4, Thebaud OlivierORCID5, Tidd Alex3, 6, Vermard YouenORCID7, Marchal PaulORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Channel & North Sea Fisheries Res Unit, 150 Quai Gambetta BP 699, F-62321 Boulogne Sur Mer, France.
2 : Wageningen UR, LEI, POB 29703, NL-2502 LS The Hague, Netherlands.
3 : CEFAS, Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft NR33 0HT, Suffolk, England.
4 : Wageningen UR, IMARES, POB 68, NL-1970 AB Ijmuiden, Netherlands.
5 : IFREMER, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unite Econ Maritime, BP 70, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
6 : South Pacific Commiss, BP D5, Noumea 98848, New Caledonia.
7 : IFREMER, Fisheries Ecol & Modelling Unit, Ctr Atlantique, Rue Ile Yeu BP 21105, F-44311 Nantes 03, France.
Source Fish And Fisheries (1467-2960) (Wiley), 2017-07 , Vol. 18 , N. 4 , P. 638-655
DOI 10.1111/faf.12194
WOS© Times Cited 9
Keyword(s) Fisher behaviour, meta-analysis, random utility model
Abstract Anticipating fisher behaviour is necessary for successful fisheries management. Of the different concepts that have been developed to understand individual fisher behaviour, random utility models (RUMs) have attracted considerable attention in the past three decades, and more particularly so since the 2000s. This study aimed at summarizing and analysing the information gathered from RUMs used during the last three decades around the globe. A methodology has been developed to standardize information across different studies and compare RUM results. The studies selected focused on fishing effort allocation. Six types of fisher behaviour drivers were considered: the presence of other vessels in the same fishing area, tradition, expected revenue, species targeting, costs, and risk-taking. Analyses were performed using three separate linear modelling approaches to assess the extent to which these different drivers impacted fisher behaviour in three fleet types: fleets fishing for demersal species using active gears, fleets fishing for demersal species using passive gears and fleets fishing for pelagic species. Fishers are attracted by higher expected revenue, tradition, species targeting and presence of others, but avoid choices involving large costs. Results also suggest that fishers fishing for demersal species using active gears are generally more influenced by past seasonal (long-term) patterns than by the most recent (short-term) information. Finally, the comparison of expected revenue with other fisher behaviour drivers highlights that demersal fishing vessels are risk-averse and that tradition and species targeting influence fisher decisions more than expected revenue.
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Girardin Raphael, Hamon Katell, Pinnegar John, Poos Jan Jaap, Thebaud Olivier, Tidd Alex, Vermard Youen, Marchal Paul (2017). Thirty years of fleet dynamics modelling using discrete-choice models: What have we learned? Fish And Fisheries, 18(4), 638-655. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :