Scenarios of profitability of western Mediterranean demersal fisheries in an effort control regime

Negar Akbari*, Francesc Maynou, Trond Bjorndal, Pierre Failler, Ben Drakeford, Andrew Peter Forse

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In 2019 a multiannual plan for Mediterranean demersal fisheries came into force with the objective to reduce the overexploitation of fisheries in the region by implementing effort control regimes. These measures, however, have the potential to adversely impact the local employment and profitability of the fisheries. In this paper, we examine scenarios on the short term and long term levels of economic yield of the sector using the two main drivers of fuel price and employment. Three main scenarios are defined as i) maintaining the average status quo, ii) effort control regimes implemented in the 2019 multiannual plan, and iii) flexible effort control regimes. For each of the aforementioned scenarios, three main fleets and five main conditions are considered, and the results will be compared and contrasted. The results in this paper show that the future rise in fuel price, which is anticipated due to global efforts to reduce emissions, along with the current effort reduction strategies could significantly threaten the sustainable profitability of the sector, and policy measures that could balance this issue should be implemented. Policy interventions and investments should be directed at technological advancements such as modernisation and increasing efficiency of fleet to reduce fuel use, utilisation of highly efficient gear technologies, shortened trips to fishing grounds, and increase in value creation in other parts of the fisheries supply chain to mitigate the serious challenges in terms of local employment and profitability facing the Mediterranean fisheries.
Original languageEnglish
Article number113794
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Early online date24 Sept 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2021


  • Mediterranean sea
  • demersal fisheries
  • socio-economic indicators
  • scenario analysis


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