Economic Considerations in Configuring Fish Aggregation Device Networks
Abstract:This paper addresses the problem of configuring fish aggregation device (FAD) networks to achieve maximum social value in commercial fisheries. A simplified network planning situation is analyzed from an economic perspective to optimize the number and location of FAD stations. Prioritization of potential deployment sites is conditional upon fleet dispersion and composition. Site ranking also depends on whether or not catch rates are sensitive to aggregate fishing pressure exerted at FAD locations. Clustering of aggregation devices in close proximity to one another is a viable alternative only when fishing effort and catch rates are inversely related. Economic efficiency criteria are used to determine the optimal number of FAD stations given programmatic budget constraints. Optimal system size is conditional on placement decisions.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: March 1, 1989
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