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Sustainability, Fishery management, Model theory


This paper presents a model of the dynamic behavior of the yellowtail rockfish of the Pacific Coast of the United States. The purpose of the model is to generate endogenously the historical data for fish population, fishing vessels, regulatory parameters, and fish harvest. The model was subjected to a variety of tests to determine its sensitivity to changes in key parameters and initial values, including extreme conditions. Model results indicate that acceptable biological catch and fleet capacity must be adjusted quickly in response to changing conditions, in order to improve fishery sustainability. Additional analysis reinforces the policy of setting the maximum sustainable yield at 40%.


Presented at the International System Dynamics Conference (ISDC)

PowerPoint presentation and model are included in the Additional Files below

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coast-rockfish-fishery_presentation.pdf (502 kB)

coast-rockfish-fishery.STM (198 kB)
Model (STM)