We focused our analysis in the upper Gulf of Nicoya, which has historically been a priority target for management interventions. This area serves as the main fishing ground for over 20 fishers associations and as a nursery area for several commercially important species.
To pilot our analysis, we selected an economically and culturally important fishery as a case study for the area, the corvina reina (Cynoscion albus). This fishery is the most important single-species finfish fishery in the upper Gulf, accounting for 51% of the catch in this region. It is caught with gillnet, handline and bottom longline.
Our research questions are:
- What is the status of the corvina reina fishery in the region?
- What is the economic potential of the fishery for current management approaches under perfect compliance and improved design?
- What are the economic and social tradeoffs involved with optimal outcomes of different management approaches over time?