Anchoring to determine negotiated catch limits: a case study of an industrial fishery in Oman

H. S. Al-Masroori*, S. Bose

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Despite refinement in scientific methods of setting total allowable catches (TACs), the choice of values is affected by uncertainty that arises as a result of incomplete information and the behavioural intentions of resource users, among others. In this context, this paper promotes ‘anchoring’ – which is a subject of behavioural economics and is generally practised in decision-making when faced with uncertainty – as an approach to TAC setting. We estimate a set of anchor points for nine demersal species by employing two modelling scenarios, the first using catch-and-effort data and the second only catch data collected from the demersal trawl fishery. A non-parametric test yielded no significant difference between the sets of anchor points generated from the two models. It is hoped that the use of anchoring would constitute a proactive management approach that could serve as a mechanism of promoting knowledge integration and effective communication, developing mutual trust, and improving management outcomes in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAfrican Journal of Marine Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 12 2016


  • demersal trawl fishery
  • negotiation
  • proactive management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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