Complexities in Small Scale fisheries

Exploring the implications of interventions with  agent-based modelling – what complexities may imply

Project aim. Understanding and thereby support (post-disaster) interventions in small-scale fisheries (management) by comparing and synthesising case studies using ABM.
Approach. ABM model that can reflect multiple fisheries cases to be able to explore the role complexities (factors & processes) in combination with potential interventions.  To incorporate the representation of the processes (mechanisms) leading to overexploitation of marine resources and changing livelihood of connected actors is enables to understanding cases by comparison, support more general knowledge by exploring impact of factors by distinguishing between case-specific and case-sensitive factors that apply in similar other cases as well as explore the role of important factors, structures and policies.

Keywords: Agent-based modelling | small-scale fisheries | complexity | fisher-trader relations | Zanzibar | Philippines | Kenia | Mexico
People: Nanda Wijermans in collaboration with Elizabeth Drury O’Neill, Tim Daw and Maja Schlüter
Methods: Agent-based modelling, Synthesis of knowledge (literature, models, data, expert-conversations)
Funding: GRAID
More info: 

  • Wijermans, N., & O’Neill, E. D. (2018). Towards modelling interventions in small scale fisheries (pp. 1–5). Presented at the Social Simulation conference 2018, Stockholm.
  • Model will be made available on GitHub and OpenABM in due time.