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Bioeconomic Modelling and Valuation of Exploited Marine Ecosystems

Series: Economy and Environment Volume: 28

By: JCJM at al van den Bergh

305 pages, no illustrations


Hardback | Mar 2006 | #158369 | ISBN: 1402040415
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This book offers an environmental-economic analysis of exploited ecosystems with a clear policy orientation. The study tries to move beyond traditional economic fishery analysis in two respects. First, several theoretical and numerical models are offered that combine economic and ecological descriptions of fisheries. These models give special attention to spatial processes as well as to combining exploitation and conservation objectives. Second, valuation and stakeholder concerns are addressed in empirical analyses employing both qualitative and quantitative approaches. The latter is done by using advanced methods of monetary valuation. In addition, the first part of the book presents short, introductory overviews of integrated assessment, economic modeling of fishery management, and incorporating uncertainty in fisheries analysis. These introductions will allow readers of a variety of disciplines to create a sufficient background so as to be able to read later parts of the book. This first part also includes a chapter in which traditional and recent ideas on fisheries policy are critically discussed and where possible synthesized. Many of the applied studies reported relate to a multifunctional marine ecosystem area in the Netherlands, known as the Wadden Sea ("Waddenzee"), which extends to Germany and Denmark.

The resulting approaches, models and policy insights are nevertheless sufficiently general and innovative to be of interest to a broad audience.


1. Background and summary.- Part I: Tools and Basic Insights. 2. Integrated assessment of marine ecosystem exploitation. 3. Deterministic economic models of fisheries management and policy. 4. Incorporating uncertainty in the economic analysis of marine ecosystem exploitation. 5. Managing the fisheries: A synthesis of old and new insights.- Part II: Bioeconomic Modelling. 6. Harvesting and conservation in a predator-prey-system. 7. Bioeconomic analysis of a shellfishery with habitat effects. 8. Marine reserve creation for sedentary species with uncertain metapopulation dynamics. 9. A spatial-temporal model of the interaction of shellfish and birds in a marine ecosystem.- Part III: Monetary Valuation and Stakeholder Analysis. 10. Policy failure and stakeholder dissatisfaction in the Dutch Wadden Sea shellfishery. 11. Stated choice valuation of multiple stakeholders in the Dutch Wadden Sea. 12. The cost of exotic marine species: a joint travel cost ? contingent valuation survey. References. Index.

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