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  • Considerable attention has been applied to the development of models explaining how fish stocks change over space and time, from relatively simple stock-recruitment relationships to ecosystem models with a complex food web structure. However, in many case studies fishing effort is assumed to be exogenous and even in dynamic models pre-determined by external factors such as management. An increasing number of operational bio-economic models for the marine environment are including a fleet dynamics component, recognising that fishers respond to changing environmental and economic conditions. These models are based on different assumptions about behaviour. In this review, we examine models of fisher behaviour that are empirically or theoretically developed and tested. In particular, we focus on the range of different economic and social drivers and their relevance to different types of behaviour. We find that economic factors are a dominant driver included in many types of short term behavioural models, although we acknowledge and find that other social factors play a significant role in some types of behaviour. The link between management and economic impacts is reasonably well established, and most bioeconomic models are able to incorporate these feedback systems. Incorporating these other social-dependent behaviours into bioeconomic models, however, is likely to remain a challenge unless links between management and changes in the social drivers are developed.
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  • Van Putten, Ingrid, Soile Kulmala, Natalie Dowling, Katell G. Hamon, Trevor Hutton, Sean Pascoe and Olivier Thébaud. 2010. Towards Behavioural Models of Fleet Dynamics. 12 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 13-16, 2010, Montpellier, France: Economics of Fish Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems: Balancing Uses, Balancing Costs. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2010.
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  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Division, Agence Française de Développement, Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, Ministère de L’Alimentation de L’Agriculture et de la Pêche, Ministère de l’Énergie, du Développement Durable et de la Mer, La Région Languedoc Rouslilon, Département Hérault, Montpellier Agglomèration, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada, and AquaFish Collaborative Research Support Program (CRSP).
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