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Optimum Fisheries Management under Climate Variability: Evidence from Artisanal Marine Fishing in Ghana

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United Nations University—World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), University of Ghana, P.O. Box LG 25, Legon-Accra, Ghana
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Economics Department , University of Cape Coast, University Post Office, Cape Coast, Ghana
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Ho Polytechnic, P.O. Box 217, Ho, Ghana
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Center for Environmental Economics Research & Consultancy (CEERAC), P.O. Box GP 21207 Accra, Ghana
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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 7942-7958; https://doi.org/10.3390/su7067942
Received: 5 February 2015 / Revised: 12 June 2015 / Accepted: 15 June 2015 / Published: 19 June 2015
In most developing coastal countries, the artisanal fisheries sector is managed as a common pool resource. As a result, such fisheries are overcapitalized and overfished. In Ghana, in addition to anthropogenic factors, there is evidence of rising coastal temperature and its variance, which could impact the environmental carrying capacity of the fish stock. This study investigates the effect of climate variation on biophysical parameters and yields. Our results indicate that the rising temperature is decreasing the carrying capacity. As a result, an optimum tax on harvest must reflect climate variability, as well as the congestion externality. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate variability; optimal tax; generalized maximum entropy; Ghana climate variability; optimal tax; generalized maximum entropy; Ghana
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Akpalu, W.; Dasmani, I.; Normanyo, A.K. Optimum Fisheries Management under Climate Variability: Evidence from Artisanal Marine Fishing in Ghana. Sustainability 2015, 7, 7942-7958.

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