The choice of procedure for deciding when to close fisheries regulated by CCAMLR: a simulation model
The methods, described in CCAMLR Conservation Measures, used for deciding the closure date for fisheries monitored by the Secretariat of CCAMLR, have been difficult to implement because of the variation in catch rates shown by the fisheries. Non-fluctuating random and fluctuating random catch histories are simulated and the performance of four models for making closure decisions is investigated under a variety of circumstances.
The model described in the existing conservation measures is shown to have a high probability of allowing large over- or under-shoots of the TAC. The most successful model determines the trend of catch rates using linear regression over the latest four reporting periods, and closes the fishery if these rates indicate that the TAC will be taken before the next report is received by the Secretariat. The probability of large over-shoots of the TAC is reduced if reporting periods are small (five days) and the reporting delay is minimal.
It is recommended that in future conservation measures, methodologies for deciding the date of closure of fisheries should incorporate a formulation of Model 4, given in this paper.