Harvesting in an Eight Species Ecosystem
University of Central Florida - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics
University of Wyoming - College of Business - Department of Economics and Finance
The theory for a general equilibrium ecosystem model that can include large number of interacting species is presented. Features include: 1) individual plants and animals are assumed to behave as if they are maximizing their net energy intake, 2) short and long-run equilibriums are obtained, 3) species' population adjustments depend on individual net energies. The theory is applied using simulations of an eight-species Alaskan marine ecosystem for which a "natural" equilibrium is calculated. Humans are introduced by adding a regulated open access fishery that harvests one of the species. Fishing impacts the fish population as well as the populations of other species, including Stellar sea lions, an endangered species. The sensitivity of fish and non-fish species populations to harvesting are calculated.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 51
Keywords: harvesting, ecosystem, multiple species
JEL Classification: Q20, Q22working papers series
Date posted: November 18, 2001
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