Chasing the Spillovers: Locating Protected Areas in a Trans-Boundary Fishery

A.J.W. Ruijs, J.A. Janmaat

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Marine protected areas (MPAs) can positively impact upon marine biodiversity and fisheries returns. Increased fish densities inside MPAs can positively affect catches outside these areas. We examine MPA placement in a transboundary fishery when nations are, and are not, cooperative. We apply a differential game using a bioeconomic model to analyze behavior in MPA placement and effects on effort and biomass in two nations if both nations implement an MPA. Absence of cooperation can result in a prisoners' dilemma in MPA placement. Strategic interactions lead to a divergence between socially or ecologically optimal MPAs and those chosen by national governments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6-22
JournalLand Economics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • marine reserves
  • optimal size
  • models
  • conservation
  • management
  • resources
  • number


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