Complementarity of No-Take Marine Reserves and Individual Transferable Catch Quotas for Managing the Line Fishery of the Great Barrier Reef
LR Little, RQ Grafton, T Kompas, ADM Smith, AE Punt, BD Mapstone
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2011
Changes in the management of the fin fish fishery of the Great Barrier Reef motivated us to investigate the combined effects on economic returns and fish biomass of no-take areas and regulated total allowable catch allocated in the form of individual transferable quotas (such quotas apportion the total allowable catch as fishing rights and permits the buying and selling of these rights among fishers). We built a spatially explicit biological and economic model of the fishery to analyze the trade-offs between maintaining given levels of fish biomass and the net financial returns from fishing under different management regimes. Results of the scenarios we modeled suggested that a decrease in t..View full abstract
The work was supported by the Australian Research Council, CSIRO Wealth from Oceans National Flagship, CSIRO Division of Marine and Atmospheric Research, and Commonwealth Environmental Research Facility (Environmental Economics Hub). We thank B. Hatfield for his help in completing the simulations, E. Fleishman, and two reviewers for their insightful comments.