Despite growing interest in Marine Protected Areas, relatively little is still known in practice about their economic
impact or their distributional consequences for stakeholders. The present paper, based on an EU-funded project, attempts to
shed light on this issue by examining the economics of an artisanal fishery operating in an area of NW Sicily from which
trawlers have been excluded. The main issues examined relate to the financial performance of trammel net vessels, focussing
especially on (i) current profitability levels, (ii) financial implications of changes in catch rates, (iii) financial viability of
capital investment and (iv) comparative performance of vessels inside and outside the trawl ban area.
Witmarsh, D., et al. Economic effects of marine protected areas on small-scale fisheries: a case study of the trawl ban in the Gulf of Castellammare, Sicily. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.