Characterising investments in EU fisheries and defining their desirability

Carvalho, Natacha, Casey, John, Guillen, Jordi and Rodgers, Philip (2020) Characterising investments in EU fisheries and defining their desirability. Fisheries Research, 221 . p. 105396. ISSN 0165-7836

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In most economic sectors, increases in capital (i.e., investments) are often considered virtuous, indicating
confidence in the future and expected growth. In fisheries, however, investments are often harmful, as they may
lead to increases in fleet capacity, which is not desirable considering the fully exploited or overexploited status of
most fish stocks (natural capital), and the dissipation of the resource rent (overcapitalisation). In the EU, the
number of fishing vessels have been decreasing for many years, but the fishing capacity is often claimed to have
increased. In other words, there are less vessels, but the remaining ones have a higher fishing capacity. In this
study, we analyse the evolution of the EU fishing industry’s investments for the period 2008–2016, and whether
these investments have been beneficial. Results show that despite the overall decrease in the number of vessels
and their average value, investments in some fleets have increased. Moreover, investment decisions (i.e.,
whether to invest or disinvest) have been more accurate in recent years, leading to a better economic performance.
However, results vary by the scale of the fishing activity (small-scale and large scale fleets) and sea basin
(Northeast Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea).

Keywords:Fisheries Economics, EU, Investment
Subjects:L Social studies > L100 Economics
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
L Social studies > L190 Economics not elsewhere classified
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:44188
Deposited On:15 Mar 2021 11:06

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