The increasing demand for shark fins in Asia and the shark s life history pattern of slow growth, late maturity, and
few offspring, have generated concerns regarding the sustainability of shark resources. Despite this concern, little effort has
been spent on understanding the markets for shark fin products and the population dynamics of sharks. This work
incorporates the results of a conjoint analysis of dried processed shark fins from Hong Kong into a cohort model of the
balcktip shark with the objective of maximizing the utility of Hong Kong shark fin importers/processors. Results show that
optimal harvest sizes and ages for all mortality and discount factor scenarios are greater than the maturation sizes and ages
for both male and female blacktip. Policy implications for this study are also discussed.
Fong, Q.S.W. and J.L. Anderson. From Shark Fin Markets to Shark Populations: An Integrated Market Preference Cohort Analysis Of the Blacktip Shark (Carcharhinus limbatus). 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.