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Measuring the multiregional economic contribution of an Alaska fishing fleet with linkages to international markets

Edward C. Waters, Chang K. Seung, Marcus L. Hartley and Michael G. Dalton

Marine Policy, 2014, vol. 50, issue PA, 238-248

Abstract: The Alaska head and gut (H&G) fishing fleet, a major component of the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands region (BSAI) groundfish fisheries, was recently rationalized under Amendment 80 (A80) to the BSAI groundfish fishery management plan. Economic impacts from H&G sector activities occur not only in Alaska but also extend to other U.S. regions via economic linkages with economic agents in those regions. Using a multiregional social accounting matrix (MRSAM) model of three U.S. regions (Alaska, West Coast, and rest of USA), the multiregional contribution of the H&G industry is estimated, and multiregional impacts of selected shifts in H&G sector production are evaluated in terms of changes in output, employment and income. Results indicate that the A80 H&G fleet vessels are important participants in Alaska fisheries, that more than half of the impacts from the H&G fleet on total output and about 80% of the impacts on household income accrue outside Alaska, and that the H&G fleet is relatively insensitive to variations in world prices of its primary products.

Keywords: Economic contribution; Alaska head and gut fishing fleet; Multiregional social accounting matrix model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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