Capacity and Capacity Utilization in Fishing Industries
Excess capacity of fishing fleets is one of the most pressing
problems facing the world's fisheries and the sustainable
harvesting of resource stocks. Considerable confusion persists over the
measurement of capacity and capacity utilization in fishing.
Fishing capacity and capacity utilization, rather than capital (or effort)
provide the appropriate framework. This paper provides
both technological-economic and economic definitions of capacity and excess
capacity in fishing and
illustrates the technological-economic approach through
a case study using Data Envelopment Analysis.
Source: Kirkley, J. and D. Squires. 1999. “Capacity and capacity
utilization in fishing industries.” University of California, San
Diego, Department of Economics Working Paper: 99/16.
For more information, please contact: Dale.Squires@noaa.gov