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A bioeconomic MPA study based on cellular automata population growth and distribution

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  • This paper investigates the application of cellular automata (CA) models in bioeconomic studies involving varying biological growth and area distribution. A simple 2D continuous cellular automata (CCA) model is presented and incorporated in a fish harvest model based on standard assumptions of economic rational behaviour by individual decision makers. The performance of MPA regulation has been studied by the combined model under different diffusion and growth properties and random initial conditions. As expected the MPA regulation performance is found to be strongly linked to the size of the protected area and the diffusion properties of the stock.
  • Keywords: MPA regulation, Population growth and distribution, Fisheries Economics, Cellular automata, Bioeconomic study
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  • Eide, Arne. 2008. A bioeconomic MPA study based on cellular automata population growth and distribution. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 22-25, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Achieving a Sustainable Future: Managing Aquaculture, Fishing, Trade and Development. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2008.
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  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Division, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Aquaculture CRSP and AquaFish CRSP; Minh Phu Seafood Corporation; Vietnam Datacommunication Company (VDC); Camau Frozen Seafood Processing Import Export Corporation (Camimex); Long Sinh Limited Company; Mai Linh Group and Nam Viet Corporation.
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