Scientia Marina, Vol 76, No 3 (2012)

A bio-economic evaluation of the potential for establishing a commercial fishery on two newly developed stocks: The Ionian red shrimp fishery


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.03434.07I

Jordi Guillen
Ifremer, UMR AMURE, Unité d’Economie Maritime - Joint Research Centre - European Commission, IPSC - Universitat de Barcelona, Facultat d’Economia i Empresa, France

Francesc Maynou
Institut de Ciències del Mar (CSIC), Spain

Christos Floros
Department of Economics, CEMARE, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

David Sampson
Joint Research Centre - European Commission, IPSC - Oregon State University, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, United States

Alexis Conides
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute for Marine Biological Resources, Greece

Kostas Kapiris
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute for Marine Biological Resources, Greece

Abstract


It has recently been shown that two deep-water red shrimp species (Aristeus antennatus and Aristaeomorpha foliacea) have the potential to support a viable fishery in the Greek Ionian Sea (eastern Mediterranean). In this article, we investigate (i) the evolution that this newly developed trawl shrimp fishery may undergo when subjected to different management measures, and (ii) the most suitable extraction rates considering the uncertainties about the resource. We further analyse the effects that potential future fuel price increases and changes in the market may have on the fishery. Forecasting the biological and economic consequences of management actions, as well as the effects of market changes on inputs and outputs before they are applied, may help managers select the most suitable management options. We approach the problem by means of bio-economic simulation analysis. The results of this study show that fishing effort can increase by 50-100%, increasing the fleet’s profitability without jeopardizing the sustainability of the fishery.

Keywords


bio-economic modelling; market development; fuel price; newly developed stocks; Ionian Sea; red shrimps

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