Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 7, Issue 2, pp 117–132 | Cite as

Sustainable resource use, economic development, and public regulation

The multiproduct gill net fishery of Peninsular Malaysia
  • Mohammad Ferdous Alam
  • Ishak Haji Omar
  • Dale Squires


The role of production technology for sustainable economic growth and resource management in the multispecies renewable resources industries is a neglected issue, particularly in complex tropical ecosystems. Given the still rudimentary understanding of biological interactions among species, even in most temperate ecosystems, the importance of under-standing the technological and economic interactions is heightened for sustainable economic growth and public regulation. This paper evaluates these interactions for the multiproduct gill net fisheries of Peninsular Malaysia. Standard price and quantity controls may have little promise. Gear regulations, a policy of constant escapement, and managing the entire mix of species as a single stock for economic rather than biomass yield appear the most promising management tools given the limited regulatory options.

Key words

Multispecies tropical artisanal fisheries public regulation Malaysia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohammad Ferdous Alam
    • 1
  • Ishak Haji Omar
    • 2
  • Dale Squires
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Agricultural FinanceBangladesh Agricultural UniversityBangladesh
  2. 2.Faculty of Economics and ManagementUniversity Pertanian MalaysiaSelangorMalaysia
  3. 3.Southwest Fisheries Science CenterNational Marine Fisheries ServiceLa JollaUSA

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