This project develops a new empirical model of Swedish commercial fisheries. The model analyses which factors influence the decision on where and how to fish, which makes it possible to examine fishing patterns at a detailed geographical level. In the project, the model is used to get a better understanding of which fishing areas are most important for the Swedish fishing sector and the economic impact of spatial restrictions in these areas. Examples of such restrictions are marine protected areas and new areas for offshore wind power. An economic model at such detailed geographical scale is currently not available for Swedish fisheries management and the project therefore contributes with a valuable tool for practical management.
The project is financed by FORMAS and runs for two years ending in 2024.