Fishing under the Radar: Estimating Compliance with Fishing Bans

55 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021 Last revised: 18 Oct 2022

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Björn Bos

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences, Students

Date Written: September 27, 2021

Abstract

Fishing bans are widely used to manage and regulate fisheries. This paper estimates compliance with the world’s largest fishing ban by measuring the extent of apparent fishing effort during the annual Chinese fishing ban. Specifically, we estimate compliance using vessel broadcast positions and a less manipulable measure of fishing activity based on nighttime lights. With both datasets, we find a significant and substantial reduction in fishing activity due to the ban. While vessel broadcast positions suggest an average reduction of fishing activity by 90 percent during the ban, we find a weaker reduction of around half that size when relying on nighttime lights. Further results suggest that attractive income opportunities during the ban hamper compliance.

Keywords: Fisheries, Conservation Policy, Regulations, Compliance, Nighttime lights

JEL Classification: C80, Q22, Q28, K42

Suggested Citation

Bos, Björn, Fishing under the Radar: Estimating Compliance with Fishing Bans (September 27, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3871993 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3871993

Björn Bos (Contact Author)

University of Hamburg - Faculty of Business, Economics, and Social Sciences, Students ( email )

Hamburg
Germany

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