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Fishbanks: A Renewable Resource Management Simulation

DEVELOPERS

Dennis Meadows, John Sterman and Andrew King  

ABSTRACT

Fishbanks is a multiplayer web-based simulation in which participants play the role of fishers and seek to maximize their net worth as they compete against other players and deal with variations in fish stocks and their catch. Participants buy, sell, and build ships; decide where to fish; and negotiate with one another. Policy options available to instructors include auctions of new boats, permits, and quotas.

LEARNING OBJECTIVE

To provide the opportunity for students to learn about the challenges of managing resources sustainably in a common pool resource setting, with realistic resource dynamics.

COULD BE TAUGHT IN THE FOLLOWING COURSE(S)

Economics, strategy, negotiations, sustainability, environmental studies, public policy, resource economics; leadership and team-building; and any course in which the dynamics of cooperation and competition, resource management, and negotiation are relevant

RELATED MATERIALS

China’s Appetite Pushes Fisheries to the Brink The New York Times April 30, 2017

​NOW AVAILABLE!

Corporate trainers, consultants, and educators from non-academic institutions can now access our simulations directly from our simulation partner, Forio, here.

 

FISHBANKS BOARD GAME

Interested in playing the Fishbanks board game? Click here to order your copy.​

 

PLAY SIMULATION

en Español: Fishbanks: una simulación de gestión de recursos renovables  

em Português: Fishbanks: uma simulação de gerenciamento de fontes renováveis

简体中文版本: Fishbanks(鱼行):可再生资源管理模拟游戏