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Hawaii Pelagic Fishing Vessel Economics
economics research continued under project "Economic
Fieldwork on Pelagic Fisheries in Hawaii".
Project findings published in SOEST-JIMAR technical reports and in journal articles. Titles listed at end of FY99 and FY98 progress reports.
Progress Report - August 1998
Investigator: Samuel G. Pooley, Honolulu Laboratory, NMFS
Purpose of Project
The objective of this research is to provide fishery management information based on the economic characteristics and dynamics of the Hawaii longline and troll-handline fishing fleets, i.e., to determine:
The project was scheduled for 3 years (to conclude mid-1997) and was extended for a 4th year in early 1997 (RCUH # 2123). It consists of two major components: a detailed economic analysis of the Hawaii-based domestic longline fishery; and, comprehensive information on the cost-earnings of the small boat pelagic fishery in Hawaii, including charter boats. Completion of the charter boat patron studies will be conducted under a 5th fiscal year budget.
Progress during FY98
Progress in FY98 has centered on four areas: 1) completing initial economic analysis of longline fishing dynamics; 2) collection of basic information from the small boat pelagic fishery; 3) publishing results on the small boat pelagic fishery; and 4) work on the charter boat segment of the domestic pelagic fishery.
Detailed economic analysis of the longline fishery has resulted in one paper submitted for publication, two dissertation papers, one paper under review (Curtis) and two papers under revision (Travis). These cover the following topics: institutional and regulatory enviroment of the Hawaii longline fishery; response of the longline fishery to ex-vessel product prices; and economic analysis of fishing effort as applied to swordfish longline fishing.
Travis also completed a paper (under review) on entry/exit into the Hawaii longline fishery component of the project which is now part of the Travis and Strand project on the movement of longline fishing vessels between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii (a significant change which was anticipated by project staff in 1994 and which had a demonstrable impact on the fishery in 1995). Movement of a number of Hawaii longline boats to California in 1997 (perhaps temporary due to seasonal factors) and re-entry of a number of swordfish boats in late 1997 and early 1998 reiterate the importance of this research.
Curtis is also completing a dissertation at the University of Maryland's Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics which focuses on search behavior in the Hawaii longline fishery.
Hamilton reported the troll-handline fishing cost earnings analysis results in mid-1997. The work categorizes vessel owners by the significance of fishing income, ranging from full-time commercial to purely recreational. The report was provided to most participants in the study. A summary was also included in theHawaii Fishing News.
Hamilton completed charter fishing boat cost-earnings field work early in 1998. The analysis examines costs and returns to charter boat owners and operators by the extent of owner involvement (from owner operators to out-of-state owners). Vessel operating patterns and characteristics are also presented.
Hamilton completed the design for field work with charter fishing patrons in early 1998 and will initiate testing and implementation in mid-1998. This study is composed of two parts: 1) patron expenditures and motivations, and 2) patrons self-valuation of their charter boat fishing experience. Approximately 500 charter boat fishing patrons are expected to complete a self-administered instrument.
Neubauer's review of the public decision literature as it applies to natural resource management was completed in late 1997 and is being compiled into a project report which should be available in mid-1998.
Plans for 1998/99
Curtis, Rita E., 1998. The welfare effects of reducing sea turtle interactions: an application to the Hawaii longline fishery. (Dissertation project with the University of Maryland, Dept. of Agricultural and Resource Economics.)
Curtis, Rita E., 1997. The effect of temporal aggregation in fishery supply models. (Paper submitted for publication.)
Curtis, Rita E., 1996. Short-run supply response in a multi-species fishery. (Paper under review.)
Hamilton, Marcia S., 1998. Small-boat fishery study complete, Hawaii Fishing News, January 1998.
Hamilton, Marcia S., and Stephen W. Huffman, 1997. Cost-earnings study of Hawaii's small boat fishery. SOEST Publication 97-06. University of Hawaii: Honolulu, HI.
Hamilton, Marcia S., Rita E. Curtis and Michael D. Travis, 1996. Cost-earnings study of the Hawaii-based domestic longline fleet. SOEST Publication 96-03. University of Hawaii: Honolulu, HI.
Hamilton, Marcia S., 1996. Hawaii longline vessel economics. Marine Resource Economics. 11(2): 137-140.
Neubauer, Deane, and Kerry Burch, 1998. Alternative perspectives on fishery management decision-making. (Under review)
Travis, Michael D., 1998. Chronology of regulatory events relevant to Hawaii's pelagic longline fishery, 1987-96. (Under review)
Travis, Michael D., 1998. Fishing effort, power, and capacity: the importance and evolution of terminology in fisheries science. (forthcoming paper)
Walker, Julie, 1997. Sociology of Hawaii charter boat fishing. SOEST JIMAR Contribution 97-309. University of Hawaii: Honolulu, HI.
Walker, Julie, 1996. Work and leisure in Hawaii small boat pelagic fishery. Masters thesis. University of Washington, School of Marine Affairs.
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