Linking spatial stock dynamics and economics: Evaluation of indicators and fishery management for the travelling eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus)

O'Neill, Michael F., Leigh, George M., Wang, You-Gan, Braccini, J. Matías, & Ives, Matthew C. (2014) Linking spatial stock dynamics and economics: Evaluation of indicators and fishery management for the travelling eastern king prawn (Melicertus plebejus). ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71(7), pp. 1818-1834.

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Reduced economic circumstances havemoved management goals towards higher profit, rather than maximum sustainable yields in several Australian fisheries. The eastern king prawn is one such fishery, for which we have developed new methodology for stock dynamics, calculation of model-based and data-based reference points and management strategy evaluation. The fishery is notable for the northward movement of prawns in eastern Australian waters, from the State jurisdiction of New South Wales to that of Queensland, as they grow to spawning size, so that vessels fishing in the northern deeper waters harvest more large prawns. Bioeconomic fishing data were standardized for calibrating a length-structured spatial operating model. Model simulations identified that reduced boat numbers and fishing effort could improve profitability while retaining viable fishing in each jurisdiction. Simulations also identified catch rate levels that were effective for monitoring in simple within-year effort-control rules. However, favourable performance of catch rate indicators was achieved only when a meaningful upper limit was placed on total allowed fishing effort. Themethods and findings will allow improved measures for monitoring fisheries and inform decision makers on the uncertainty and assumptions affecting economic indicators.

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ID Code: 90424
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australia, catch rate standardization, economic indicators, management, strategy evaluation, prawns, spatial stock assessment, penaeus-plebejus, fishing power, australia, queensland, yield, rates, hess
DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fst218
ISSN: 1054-3139
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 17 Nov 2015 05:49
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 05:47

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