Beam trawlermen take feet off gas in response to oil price hikes

Average towing speed by Dutch beam trawlermen has fallen substantially between 2002 and 2009. Changes in towing speed are related to changes in oil price. The price of their valuable main target species (sole, Solea vulgaris) did not influence towing speed. The aim of this Short Communication is to explore the hypothesis that changes in trawling speeds are directly related to changes in oil price using time-series data.


Beare, D., Machiels, M. (2012)
ICES Journal of Marine Science 69(6): 1064-1068 [open access]