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The Effects of Water Quality Improvements on a Commercial Fishery: Evidence from the Maryland Blue Crab Fishery

dc.contributor.advisorLipton, Douglasen_US
dc.contributor.authorBall, Sarahen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-26T05:37:58Z
dc.date.available2014-06-26T05:37:58Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/15462
dc.description.abstractDeveloping and implementing total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) is a costly and controversial process. However, there are many potential benefits, such as improvements to commercial fisheries. A two-stage model is developed to estimate the benefits of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL on the Maryland blue crab fishery. In the first stage, a bio-economic model links water quality to stock and harvest and various hypotheses on this link are tested. In the second stage, a model of fisherman behavior links the effects of changes in water quality on stock and harvest to fisherman behavior, such as fishing, location, and effort decisions. A number of simulations are then run to predict the effects of the TMDL on the Maryland blue crab fishery. The simulations predict that the TMDL is likely to have a small, if not insignificant, effect on the fishery. This result is in part explained by the fact that the current level of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay is suitable for the blue crabs.en_US
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dc.titleThe Effects of Water Quality Improvements on a Commercial Fishery: Evidence from the Maryland Blue Crab Fisheryen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Resource Economicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEnvironmental economicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEconomicsen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledFisheries and aquatic sciencesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledBioeconomic Modelen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledChesapeake Bayen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDiscrete Choiceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFisherman Behavioren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledNonmarket Valuationen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWater Qualityen_US


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