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PECHDEV
Élaboration et application d'un modèle calculable d'équilibre général à l'analyse de la contribution des activités halieutiques au développement régional

The principal objective of this project is to develop new tools and models to assess the
contribution of fisheries and aquaculture activities to the development of coastal areas, and the degree of interrelationships which maritime activities maintain with components of other economic sectors in the same area. The exercise has a wider scope in that it can
facilitate the decision process at the level of public policy-makers and the firm. It will
provide tools and models as decision-making aids (and, in particular, in taking the
appropriate decisions with respect to the structural measures relating to the fishing sector).

Objectives
The Programme is organised in six work modules, each sanctioned by the delivery of a
product marking a step in the model development to evaluate the contribution of aquaculture and fisheries to coastal area development and their interaction with other sectors of the regional economy. The main thread throughout is to improve existing tools, and to develop new techniques which can account for interactions between economic, environmental and social factors. The measurable objectives of the project can be summarised as follows:
1. To develop an in-depth debate on the objectives of models measuring regional effects (particularly the I/O model) and their capacity to take account of the reality of economic development effects and of the interrelations between activities.
2. To construct, on the basis of the conclusions drawn from the first phase, a model which comes closer to reality and is hence more efficient. The computable general equilibrium model (CGEM) in this respect is the model now offering the greatest potential for application to the domains of regional economy.
3. To calibrate and apply the CGEM to five European regions (level NUTS 3) selected as
case studies and studied in detail during the last socioeconomic study (1999).
4. To validate the model and to define the prospects for its generic utilisation.
5. To make the model accessible to public decision-makers, at both European Community and national or regional levels.

Results
1. A computable general equilibrium model (CGEM) applied to assess the regional
contribution of fisheries and aquaculture. The CGEM will be articulated around three
main components: economy, ecology and biology. By merging three different models
into one, it will be possible to consider how ecosystem changes (spatial and temporal
variations) affect the functioning of fishing activities and therefore the regional
economy. On the other hand, the CGEM will allow us to show how fishing activities
affect the marine ecosystems. Overall, the CGEM will be very useful to understand the
relationships between human activities and the marine environment.
2. A multidisciplinary method to assess the contribution of fisheries to regional
development. By bringing together scientists from ecology, economy and biology, the
Pechdev project will benefit from expertise in different scientific disciplines that are not
usually associated. Throughout the project, the multidisciplinary team will develop an
approach to put together different scientific knowledge and competences.

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Scientist responsible for the project

Mr MALCOLM ACE
Locksway Road
P04 8JF Portsmouth
United Kingdom (The) - GB

Phone: 00442392843302
Fax: 00442392754861
E-mail: malcolm.ace@port.ac.uk

References

Project ID QLRT-2000-02277
Organisation UNIVERSITY OF PORTSMOUTH
Area 5.1.1
Start date 01 February 2002
Duration (months) 36
Total cost 1 346 368 €
Total EC contribution   1 255 119 €
Status Ongoing

The partners

  • DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS, , Denmark - DK
    er@sam.sdu.dk
  • IREPA ONLUS - ISTITUTO RICERCHE ECONOMICHE PESCA E ACQUACOLTURA, Austria - AT
    irepa@irepa.org
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