Journal article

Non-consumptive values and optimal marine reserve switching

Satoshi Yamazaki, R Quentin Grafton, Tom Kompas

Ecological Economics | ELSEVIER | Published : 2010


A bioeconomic model is constructed to analyze spatial harvesting and the effects of marine reserve "switching" between a "no-take" area and a harvested area while accounting for both harvesting/consumptive and also non-consumptive values of the fishery. Using estimated parameters from the red throat emperor fishery from the Great Barrier Reef, simulations show that an optimal switching strategy can be preferred to a fixed reserve regime, but is dependent on spillovers from reserves to harvested areas, the nature of shocks to the environment, the size of the non-consumptive values and how they change with the biomass, and the sensitivity of profits to the harvest and biomass. Importantly, the..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We are grateful for the comments and suggestions from three anonymous reviewers. We also thank John Freebairn, Sturla Kvamsdal, Rich Little and Jack Pezzey for their helpful comments. This work was partially funded by the Australian Research Council and the Environmental Economics Hub, a Commonwealth Environmental Research Facility (CERF).