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Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences
Volume 2007 (2007), Article ID 56404, 11 pages
Research Article

A Decomposition-Based Pricing Method for Solving a Large-Scale MILP Model for an Integrated Fishery

Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8020, New Zealand

Received 6 September 2006; Revised 11 January 2007; Accepted 5 June 2007

Academic Editor: Stefanka Chukova

Copyright © 2007 M. Babul Hasan and John F. Raffensperger. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We study the integrated fishery planning problem (IFP). In this problem, a fishery manager must schedule fishing trawlers to determine when and where the trawlers should go fishing and when the trawlers should return the caught fish to the factory. The manager must then decide how to process the fish into products at the factory. The objective is to maximize profit. We have found that IFP is difficult to solve. The initial formulations for several planning horizons are solved using the AMPL modelling language and CPLEX with branch and bound. The IFP can be decomposed into a trawler-scheduling subproblem and a fish-processing subproblem in two different ways by relaxing different sets of constraints. We tried conventional decomposition techniques including subgradient optimization and Dantzig-Wolfe decomposition, both of which were unacceptably slow. We then developed a decomposition-based pricing method for solving the large fishery model, which gives excellent computation times. Numerical results for several planning horizon models are presented.