Designing a decision support system for marine reserves management: an economic analysis for the Dutch North Sea

Hongyu Ding, A.J.W. Ruijs, E.C. van Ierland

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Abstract

The authors explore how a Decision Support System (DSS) for managing the marine environment can be set up. They use the Driving force-Pressure-State- Impact-Respond (DPSIR) framework to analyze which are the major driving forces impacting upon the marine environment in the North Sea. Moreover, a number of potential responses are identified. Furthermore, a preliminary and simplified optimization model has been set up and can be used in a DSS to decide on the best location of marine reserves for the protection of species. The model is based on a bio-economic metapopulation model that can be used to decide which parts of the sea should be opened for fisheries and which should be protected as marine reserve. It accounts for the dispersal of fish and considers both the economic returns from fisheries and the ecological value of marine biodiversity. A number of suggestions are given on how to extend and improve the DSS.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationMilano
PublisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameWorking Papers / Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
PublisherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
No.paper 47

Keywords

  • marine environment
  • fisheries
  • biodiversity
  • marine fishes
  • species diversity
  • environmental protection
  • north sea
  • netherlands
  • environmental economics
  • marine fisheries
  • decision support systems

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    Ding, H., Ruijs, A. J. W., & van Ierland, E. C. (2007). Designing a decision support system for marine reserves management: an economic analysis for the Dutch North Sea. (Working Papers / Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei; No. paper 47). Milano: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.