Behavior of the Galapagos fishing fleet and its consequences for the design of spatial management alternatives for the red spiny lobster fishery

We focused on the factors that affect the decision to participate in fishing and the decision of where to fish

Santiago J. Bucaram; J. Wilson White; James N. Sanchirico; James E. Wilen

2013

Scholarcy highlights

  • The two most profitable fisheries in the Galapagos Islands, red spiny lobster and sea cucumber, are facing steep declines in abundance and may be on the verge of collapse. This state of affairs has emerged in part because of command and control fisheries policies that neglected the importance of the behavior of the fishing fleet itself
  • Our results provide some empirical benchmarks from which it is possible to identify in advance problems related to the spatial management of the red spiny lobster fishery and their potential solutions
  • We found that fisherman from San Cristobal Island have a strong preference for fishing sites on Floreana Island, which is geographically closer to Santa Cruz Island
  • This could lead to conflicts between the San Cristobal and Santa Cruz fishing fleets if rights-based fishery management were implemented
  • We expect that our analysis will be valuable to policy makers when designing new types of management plans for Galapagos fisheries

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