Title: Development of a mathematical model for better management of fisheries resources

Authors: Razwan Ahamad; Md. Sajedul Karim; M.A.H. Mithu

Addresses: Department of Mathematics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh ' Department of Mathematics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh ' Department of Industrial and Production Engineering, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), Sylhet-3114, Bangladesh

Abstract: This article describes the size and space-time structured model of fish population dynamics. It is expressed as a hyperbolic system of partial differential equations continuous in size and time with non-local boundary data. The space is represented using discrete regions (patches) interconnected by exchange rates. The model is nonlinear because all the parameters such as birth rate, growth function, mortality rate, and movements are chosen to be size-dependent and age independent. This article provides the mathematical model and proves existence and uniqueness of the solution. By using the finite volume method the continuous problem is discretised and then upwind explicit scheme is developed. Consequently, this model approaches the problem by the upwind explicit scheme where the consistence and stability are established. A computer code in programming language FORTRAN® compatible with the formulation is used to compute the numerical solutions and the results are shown graphically.

Keywords: mathematical modelling; finite volume method; FVM; birth rate; growth function; mortality rate; consistency; stability; fisheries management; fisheries resources; fish population dynamics; partial differential equations; PDEs.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMMNO.2015.071870

International Journal of Mathematical Modelling and Numerical Optimisation, 2015 Vol.6 No.3, pp.198 - 222

Received: 23 Oct 2014
Accepted: 17 May 2015

Published online: 21 Sep 2015 *

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