A Utility Function for Examining Policy Affecting Salmon on the Skeena River

Journal Article

The interests of many groups, some with multiple objectives, are important to include in evaluating strategies affecting salmon in the Skeena River. A multiattribute utility model is proposed for addressing these issues. Two first-cut utility functions are assessed using the preferences of two individuals familiar with the problem. These utility functions provide a basis for constructive discussion to arrive at a reasonable utility function for examining alternative policies. Two unique features of this study are the explicit focus on value tradeoffs and equity considerations among interest groups, and a comparative examination of the two first-cut multiattribute utility models. This examination indicates the range of fundamental preferences which can be captured using multiattribute utility functions and illustrates the potential of the theory for conflict illumination and resolution.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Keeney, RL

Published Date

  • January 1, 1977

Published In

  • Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 63

Published By

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0015-296X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1139/f77-006


  • en