Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 61, Issue 1, pp 1–17 | Cite as

On the Contributions of Colin Clark to Fisheries Economics

  • Gordon R. Munro
  • U. Rashid SumailaEmail author


We trace the contributions of Colin Clark from his first book and articles published in the mid-1970s to date and link them to the six papers contained in this Special Issue and the larger fisheries economics literature. We highlight the impacts of Clark’s contributions on the theory, empirical, policy and management of fisheries, ranging from particular fisheries applications right through to global studies of the economics of fishing. Our conclusion is that Colin Clark’s impact upon fisheries economics has been revolutionary and predict that 100 years from now, his classic contribution, Mathematical Bioeconomics will still be studied with care by economists.


Bioeconomics Capital-theoretic model Dynamic fishery models Fisheries economics Optimal resource investment Renewable resource management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Vancouver School of EconomicsUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries CentreUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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