Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 59, Issue 2, pp 257–274 | Cite as

Pulse Fishing and Stock Uncertainty

  • José-María Da-Rocha
  • Linda Nøstbakken
  • Marcos Pérez


Large variation in stock dynamics affects the accuracy of stock estimates, which fisheries managers rely on when determining quotas and other regulations. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the implications of uncertainty on pulse fishing. We show that as the variance of the random natural fluctuations increases, the optimal pulse length decreases and converge toward a constant-escapement policy. Hence, in fisheries with large natural variability, a constant-escapement policy is a good approximation of the optimal policy.


Bioeconomic modeling Fisheries management Uncertainty Pulse fishing 

JEL Classification

Q0 Q22 C61 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • José-María Da-Rocha
    • 1
    • 2
  • Linda Nøstbakken
    • 3
  • Marcos Pérez
    • 4
  1. 1.Facultad CC. EconómicasRGEA-Universidade de VigoVigoSpain
  2. 2.ITAM-Instituto Tecnológico Autònomo de MéxicoMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsNorwegian School of Economics (NHH)BergenNorway
  4. 4.Facultad CC. EconómicasUniversidade de VigoVigoSpain

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