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Economic Fieldwork on Pelagic Fisheries in Hawaii
Follow-up to the Hawaii Pelagic Fishing Vessel Economics Project (HIFIVE)
Reports (PDF): FY
2010, FY 2009,
FY 2008, FY
2007, FY 2006,
FY 2005, FY
2004, FY 2003,
FY 2002, FY
2001, FY 2000
Since the 1994 survey there have been substantial changes in the composition of the fleet, as well as a number of new entrants. Particularly significant have been changes in the ownership of larger vessels as well as a general shift in fishing operations and practices toward different types of tuna targeting (bigeye, yellowfin, and albacore) as compared to an earlier emphasis by a substantial part of the swordfish fleet.
Other substantial changes included:
Project researchers expect that these changes have altered the basic relationships between physical characteristics of the vessels, operating levels, fixed and variable costs, and revenue. By-catch and fishery interaction issues have become more important management issues, and an expanded survey of vessel equipment and operations should provide important renewed baseline information for analyses of these issues. Furthermore, in 1993 many vessels had limited experience in the Hawaii-based longline fishery. The continuing participants now have substantially more experience, and this combination of greater experience with entry of new participants and exit of some previous participants provides an excellent opportunity to develop an information base for dynamic analysis. A comparative study of changes in vessel outfitting, labor practices, input economics, and operations would be instructive in terms of identifying critical behavioral variables of change which may be relevant to anticipating response to regulation.
Year 1 funding for this project awarded in October 1999.
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