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Free Content Contrasting socioeconomic indicators for two fisheries that target Atlantic billfish: southeast Florida recreational charter boats and Venezuelan artisanal gill-netters

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Developing and implementing effective management measures is critical for the sustainability of billfish (sailfish, Istiophorus platypterus (Shaw in Shaw and Nodder, 1792); blue marlin, Makaira nigricans Lacépède, 1803; and white marlin, Tetrapturus albidus Poey, 1860) populations and pelagic ecosystems. Typically managers use biological performance indicators to evaluate stock status and ultimately determine management measures. Social and economic performance indicators for resource users should be better studied to determine the impact of management strategies on affected communities. These indicators can be linked to each management objective, whether the objective is biological, social or economic, and used to evaluate the performance of management strategies. In this study, we collected data in the United States and Venezuela and developed four performance indicators: gross revenue, net revenue, financial profit, and economic profit. Here we show that socio-economic indicators can be developed for vastly different fisheries and can be used to describe and quantify the socioeconomic impacts of alternative management measures. The indicators are useful tools to highlight the impacts that certain management measures may have on various stakeholder groups.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2006

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