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James E. Kirkley

Professor of Marine Science

Department: Fisheries Science
Interests: Marine economics; coastal and marine resources.
Status: Professor Kirkley passed away in 2011. We archive his home page in commemoration of his life and accomplishments. Read his {{,obituary}}.

  • B.S., University of Maryland
  • M.S., University of Maryland
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • Major Field: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Research Interests

Primary research interests:
Fisheries Economics, Marine Policy, Marine Resource Management, Utilization of Coastal and Marine Resources, Economic Impact Analysis, Efficiency Analysis, Production Theory, Demand Theory, and Benefit-Cost Analysis

Additional interest and experience:
Fisheries Management, Stock Assessment, Oil Spill Impact Assessment, Risk Analysis, International Trade and Foreign Economic Development, Market Analysis, Dumping and Anti-trust Policies, Marine Debris, Stated Choice Modeling, Economics of Water-based Recreation, Bio-technology, Aquaculture, Gear/Conservation Engineering, Reproductive Biology, International Boundary Disputes, Privatization of Common Property Resources, Economics of Artificial Reefs, Railroad Freight Rates, Economics of Selecting Airline Routes, Local and National Productivity, Industrial Organization, Assessing and Reducing Capacity in Fisheries, Coastal Development, Community-based Development and Fisheries Management, Determination of Optimum Product Characteristics, Capacity Reduction Programs for Commercial Fisheries, and Mitigating Undesirable Outputs in Commercial Fisheries.

  • Management and Regulation of the Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab: A Bi-state Effort
  • Assessing and Reducing Capacity in Global Fisheries
  • Social and Economic Aspects of Using an Ecosystem-based Strategy to Manage the Chesapeake Bay
  • Ecosystem-based Fisheries Management in the Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Economic Assessment of the Introduction of Non-Native Oysters in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Assessing Capacity and the Cost of Reducing Capacity in U.S. Commercial Fisheries
  • Aggregating Firm-Level Estimates of Efficiency and Capacity to the Industry: Distance Functions and Nonparametric Analysis Multi-Output Capacity Measures and Their Relevance for Productivity
  • Assessing Excess Capacity in the Gulf Reef and South Atlantic Fisheries
  • Determining Excess Capacity in the World's Tuna Fleets
  • Determining the Economic Importance of Virginia's Commercial and Recreational Fisheries: An Input/Output Model
  • Estimating Productivity in the Global Tuna Fishery in the Presence of Undesirable Outputs
  • Preparation of the Regulatory Impact Review Statement of Implementing the Fish and Seafood Promotion Act
  • Identifying Stakeholder Preferences for Determining Options for Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
  • Determining the Economic Consequences of Fisheries Management on Processing Labor
  • The Technical Efficiency of the Circle vs. the J-hook for Reducing Interactions with Sea Turtles in the Pelagic Longline Fleet
  • The Economic Performance of the Caribbean Trap Fishery
  • Assessing the Economic Feasibility of Promoting Offshore (Exclusive Economic Zone) Aquaculture in the United States
Selected Publications
  • Squires, D., Jeon, Y., Quentin, R. and J.E. Kirkley (2010). Controlling Excess Capacity in Common-Pool Resource Industries: The Transition from Input to Output Controls. Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics (Special Issue: Fisheries Economics), 54 (3):  361–377.
  • Kirkley, J.E. C.J. Morrison Paul, S. Cuningham, and J. Catanzano. (2004). Embodied and Disembodied Technical Change in Fisheries: An Analysis of the Sete Trawl Fishery. Journal of Environmental And Resource Economics, 29: 191-217.
  • Kirkley, J.E., J. Walden, and J. Waters. (2004). Buyback Programs: Goals, Objectives, and Industry Restructuring in Fisheries. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 36 (2): 333-345.
  • Kirkley, J.E., C.J. Morrison Paul, and D.E. Squires. (2004). Deterministic and Stochastic Capacity Estimation for Fishery Capacity Reduction. Marine Resource Economics, 19: 271-294.
  • Hicks, R.L., J.E. Kirkley, and I.E. Strand. (2004). Short-run Welfare Losses from Essential Fish Habitat Designations for the Surf Clam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries, Marine Resource Economics, 19 (1): 113-130.
  • Grafton et al. (19 authors from around the world). Incentive-Based Sustainable Fishery Management. (Canadian Journal of Fish and Aquatic Sciences)
  • Fare, R., J. Kirkley, and J. Walden. Undesirable Outputs and Technical Efficiency in the New England, Groundfish Fishery. (Fisheries)
  • Jennie Metrokotsas, M.S. The Economic Importance of Virginia's Marine Resources
  • Tara Scott, M.S. (2004)
  • Winnfred Ryan, Ph.D. (2003)
Courses Taught
  • Economic Principles of Fisheries Management
  • Quantitative Methods for Marine Resource Policy
  • Principles of Environmental and Natural Resource Management
  • Economic Principles for Marine Policy
Faculty/Student Awards
  • Environmental Hero Award, NOAA Fisheries, 2005
Professional Memberships
  • American Economic Association
  • American Agricultural Economics Association
  • Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
  • Canadian Agricultural Economics and Farm Management Society
  • Econometric Society
  • International Institute for Fisheries Economics and Trade
  • North American Association for Fisheries Economists
  • Northeastern Agrilcutral and Resource Economics Association
  • Southern Agricultural Economics Association
  • Western Agricultural Economics Association
Collaborative/Interdisciplinary Efforts
  • NOAA Fisheries, Development of Framework for Implementing Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management
  • United Nations, Food and Agriculture Organization, Assessing Capacity in the Global Tuna Fishery
  • NOAA Fisheries, Development of Offshore Aquaculture