Bioeconomic modelling to assess the importance of adaptive capacity in the Asturian Gooseneck barnacle TURF system

Master Thesis subject (30 ECTS)
Abstract: Socio-ecological systems such as fisheries are responsible for the livelihoods of millions of persons worldwide. Their sustainability is often associated with their capacity to adapt to change. Since in situ experimental manipulation to explore the adaptive capacity of social ecological systems is complicated, bioeconomic modeling may offer an effective alternative. The gooseneck barnacle TURF system in Asturias has been co-managed for over 20 years between the local government and the fishers’ associations. The management of each TURF is subdivided into fishing sites as small as 30m, which receive a diversity of protection levels based on fishers’ local ecological knowledge. Such fine spatial structure offers an ideal context to test the effect of incorporating adaptive capacity in fisheries management through a modeling approach. The student will work in the elaboration and calibration of a spatially explicit, age structured bioeconomic model of the Asturian gooseneck barnacle TURF system. Once the model is calibrated, different management scenarios will be generated to quantify the bioeconomic benefits of incorporating adaptive management strategies. This Thesis will be supported by BIODIVERSA project PERCEBES, supervised by Antonella Rivera (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile) and promoted by José Luis Acuña (University of Oviedo). It will take place physically in Oviedo, although some mobility can be contemplated, depending on financial coverage of the student.
Programming skills in either MatLab or R computing. Preference will be given to students with prior modeling experience. Fieldwork in the Asturian coast is optional.
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Reference Number: RP-49121