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GRANT NUMBER: NA26FD0154           NMFS NUMBER: 91-AKR-004

REPORT TITLE: Management of Incidental Catch of Crab, Halibut, Herring and Salmon in the Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska

AUTHOR: University of Alaska Anchorage, Institute of Social and Economic Research

PUBLISH DATE: November 12, 1997

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Region, 709 W. 9th Street, 4th Floor, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99801.   PHONE: (907) 586-7224

ABSTRACT

The project demonstrated a new approach to modeling incidental harvest (bycatch) of the North Pacific groundfish fleet using a spreadsheet-based optimization model. The approach models industry decisions as the pursuit of profit-maximization by exploiting a mixed-stock common property fishery under total allowable catch regulations for both target species and incidental harvest. Trial simulations with a small-scale version of the model suggest that the approach realistically portrays the behavior of the fleet and the implications of bycatch management choices. An interactive user interface constructed for the model guides users through the assumptions and options of the model, making them transparent to the user.

 
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