Bioeconomics (fisheries)

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This article is about fisheries economics. For the study of economic systems applying the laws of thermodynamics, see Bioeconomics (biophysical).

Bioeconomics is closely related to the early development of theories in fisheries economics, initially in the mid-1950s by Canadian economists Scott Gordon (in 1954)[1] and Anthony Scott (1955). Their ideas used recent achievements in biological fisheries modelling, primarily the works by Schaefer (1957) on establishing a formal relationship between fishing activities and biological growth through mathematical modelling confirmed by empirical studies, and also relates itself to ecology and the environment and resource protection.[2]

These ideas developed out of the multidisciplinary fisheries science environment in Canada at the time. Fisheries science and modelling developed rapidly during a productive and innovative period, particularly among Canadian fisheries researchers of various disciplines. Population modelling and fishing mortality were introduced to economists, and new interdisciplinary modelling tools became available for the economists, which made it possible to evaluate biological and economic impacts of different fishing activities and fisheries management decisions.

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  1. ^ Gordon, H. Scott (1954). The Economic Theory of a Common-Property Resource: The Fishery. The Journal of Political Economy 62(2): 124–142.
  2. ^ Schaefer MB (1957) "Some considerations of population dynamics and economics in relation to the management of marine fishes" Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada, 14: 669–81.

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