Combining performance measures to investigate capacity changes in fisheries

Thomas Lindberg Thøgersen, Sean Pascoe

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Abstract

The Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) aims to achieve a balance between the European fleet capacity and the resources available. This can be realized either by temporarily reducing the fishing effort (i.e. capacity utilization) or quotas in the hope of increasing the resources available or reducing the actual fishing capacity. In both cases, the relationship between effort indicators and capacity needs to be resolved in order for the manager to introduce the right interventions. Previous studies have estimated these relationships in multi-species fisheries using either a multi-output distance function approach (DFA) or with a second stage Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). Both approaches have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, DEA and DFA are combined to reduce noise in the estimation and to establish more useful interpretations for the manager. The article compares the traditional DFA with the alternative approach for the Danish North Sea demersal trawlers. The alternative approach improves the estimation results and provides better estimates of efficiency scores, compared to the unadjusted DFA. Furthermore, the analyses suggest that the demersal trawlers have a limited ability to substitute catches of cod, plaice and Nephrops and that gross tonnage is a more consistent indicator of fishing capacity than engine power.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Volume46
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)57-69
ISSN1350-4851
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • ECONOMICS
  • DISTANCE FUNCTION-APPROACH
  • DATA ENVELOPMENT ANALYSIS
  • NORTHERN PRAWN FISHERY
  • PRODUCTION FRONTIER
  • TARGETING ABILITY
  • EFFICIENCY
  • INDUSTRIES
  • MORTALITY
  • multi-output distance function
  • data enveleopment analysis
  • fisheries
  • capacity utilization
  • substitution
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Common Fisheries Policy
  • data envelopment analysis
  • demersal fishery
  • efficiency measurement
  • fishery economics
  • fishery management
  • fishing industry
  • performance assessment
  • resource availability
  • trawling
  • Atlantic Ocean
  • Denmark
  • North Sea
  • Nephrops
  • Pleuronectes

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