Mathematical Problems in Engineering

Volume 2014, Article ID 535634, 8 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/535634

## Stability and Bifurcation Analysis of a Singular Delayed Predator-Prey Bioeconomic Model with Stochastic Fluctuations

Institute of Systems Science, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China

Received 25 August 2014; Accepted 25 November 2014; Published 7 December 2014

Academic Editor: Hongyong Zhao

Copyright © 2014 Yue Zhang and Qingling Zhang. 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.

#### Abstract

This study investigates a singular delayed predator-prey bioeconomic model with stochastic fluctuations, which is described by differential-algebraic equations because of economic factors. The interior equilibrium of the singular delayed predator-prey bioeconomic model switches from being stable to unstable and then back to being stable, with the increase in time delay. The critical values for stability switches and Hopf bifurcations can be analytically determined. Subsequently, the effect of a fluctuating environment on the singular stochastic delayed predator-prey bioeconomic model obtained by introducing Gaussian white noise terms to the aforementioned deterministic model system is discussed. The fluctuation intensity of the population and harvest effort are calculated by Fourier transform method. Numerical simulation results are presented to verify the effectiveness of the conclusions.

#### 1. Introduction

In nature, populations do not reproduce instantaneously; rather, it is mediated by certain time delay required for gestation, maturation time, capturing time, or other reasons. Thus, time delays of one type or another have been incorporated into mathematical models of population dynamics. The dynamic relationship between predators and their prey has long been and will continue to be one of the dominant themes in both ecology and mathematical ecology because of its universal existence and importance. The following delayed Leslie-Gower predator-prey system is a type of predator-prey model with time delay: where , , , , and are positive constants. When , is the delta function, is a positive constant, and system (1) transforms in the following form with a discrete delay: The variables and denote the population of the prey and the predator, respectively. The parameters and are the intrinsic growth rates of the prey and the predator, respectively. The value is the carrying capacity of the prey and is a prey-dependent carrying capacity for the predator. The parameter is a measure of the quality of the prey as food for the predator and is the predator functional response to prey, which satisfies the usual properties that make system (1) a predator-prey one.

To date, many authors [1–7] have studied the dynamics of predator-prey models with time delay and obtained complex dynamic behavior, such as stability of equilibrium, Hopf bifurcation, and limit cycle. A number of references [8–12] have discussed the dynamic behavior of delayed predator-prey models with harvesting and determined that positive equilibrium switches from being stable to unstable and then back to being stable, as the delay increases. In addition, some results about the problem of bifurcation and control on some singular prey-predator bioeconomic models with time delay have been discussed [13–17].

For system (2), Yuan and Song [4] have investigated the existence, direction, and stability of Hopf bifurcation. However, they did not discuss the dynamical behavior of system (2) in terms of harvesting and fluctuation.

In the current paper, harvesting is introduced by the following harvest production function: This particular form of the Cobb-Douglas production function is the standard harvest production function employed in classical fishery models. This harvest production function is valid in the previous case (trawl) fisheries, where is the harvest effort (often associated with the number of boats, flow of labor, and capital services devoted to harvesting fish). In addition, this function satisfies the following economic restriction: Net Economic Revenue (NER) = Total Revenue (TR) − Total Cost (TC). Based on Model system (2) and the aforementioned economic theory, the following singular bioeconomic model, which consists of two differential equations and an algebraic equation (differential-algebraic equations), was developed: where , , , , , , and are the same as those described in model system (2); is the price of a unit of harvested biomass; is the total revenue; is the cost of a unit of effort; is the total cost; and is the net economic revenue. The constants are all positive.

In reality, environmental fluctuation is one of the important components of ecological systems within a natural environment. A large part of natural phenomena do not follow the deterministic law; rather, they oscillate randomly around an average value. The deterministic approach has some limitations in mathematical modeling. Thus, accurately predicting the future dynamics of the system is difficult. The stochastic differential equation models play a significant role in various dynamical analyses of systems because they can provide an additional degree of realism compared with their deterministic counterpart [18]. Recently, the stochastic modeling of ecological population systems has gained a great deal of attention from several scientists [19–26]. The following stochastic version model that corresponds to the delayed model system (4) within the fluctuating environment is provided to verify the effect of environmental fluctuation on a delayed singular prey-predator bioeconomic model: where the perturbed terms , , are mutually independent Gaussian white noises characterized by and , . represents the ensemble average due to the effect of fluctuating environment, is the Kronecker delta expressing the spectral density of the white noise, and is the Dirac delta function with and being the distinct times.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. The effect of time delay on the stability of the interior equilibrium of system (4) is investigated in Section 2. The effect of fluctuating environment on the singular stochastic delayed Leslie-Gower predator-prey bioeconomic model (5) is discussed in Section 3. Numerical simulation results are presented to verify the effectiveness of the conclusions in Section 4. Finally, concluding remarks are given.

#### 2. Stability of Equilibria and Existence of Hopf Bifurcations

In this section, we concentrate on the stability switch and Hopf bifurcation phenomenon around the interior equilibrium of model system (4) because of the variation of time delay , given that the biological interpretation of the interior equilibrium implies the existence of population and harvest effort.

denotes the interior equilibrium of model system (4) under positive economic profit of harvesting , where , , and satisfies the following equation: If , then two interior equilibria exist when , one interior equilibrium exists when , and no interior equilibrium exists when , where . Based on this discussion, two interior equilibria (denoted by and ) exist when . This study only investigated the dynamical behavior of model system (4) at the interior equilibrium . Symmetric results on the interior equilibrium can be also obtained.

According to the Jacobian evaluated at the interior equilibrium and the leading matrix in model system (4), the characteristic equation of model system (4) at equilibrium can be expressed as follows: where

Theorem 1. *If conditions , , , and are satisfied, then the equilibrium is asymptotically stable for all .*

*Proof. *For , the characteristic equation becomes
which has the following roots:
Thus, because and . Looking at (10), the equilibrium is locally asymptotically stable when both roots are negative real parts, if and only if
For the case of , equilibrium will be locally asymptotically stable if the roots of are negative real parts and for every real and . We assume that, for some values of , a real number exists such that is a root of the characteristic (7). Separating the real and imaginary parts of , the following equation can be obtained:
Simplifying system (12), the following equation could be obtained:
Based on (13), the following equation can be obtained:
If
are satisfied, (14) does not have positive solutions. That is, the characteristic (7) does not have pure imaginary roots. Using Rouche’s theorem [27], all roots of (7) have negative real parts for all ; that is, the equilibrium is asymptotically stable for all . This completes the proof.

Theorem 2. *If , , and hold, then (7) with has a pair of pure imaginary roots . If , , , , and hold and (, resp.), (7) has a pair of pure imaginary roots (, resp.).*

*Proof. *Equation (14) shows that only one positive solution is possible if
then (7) with has a pair of pure imaginary roots .

Two positive solutions are possible if
Equation (12) shows that , which corresponds to , is given by
then (7) has a pair of pure imaginary roots (, resp.). This completes the proof.

Theorem 3. *(i) If , , and hold, then the equilibrium of model system (4) is asymptotically stable for and unstable for ; Hopf bifurcation occurs when ; that is, a family of periodic solution bifurcations from as passes through the critical value .**(ii) If and hold and is defined by (18), then a positive integer exists such that switches from being stable to unstable and then to being stable again. In other words, when
**
the equilibrium of model system (4) is stable, whereas when
**
equilibrium is unstable. Therefore, bifurcations are present at when , .*

*Proof. *To verify if bifurcations occur, the transversality conditions must be verified
For this purpose, the following results are used [28]:
Differentiating (7) with respect to “,” the following equation could be obtained:
Thus,
The transversality conditions are satisfied. Therefore, are bifurcation values. This completes the proof.

#### 3. The Model with Time Delay within Fluctuating Environment

Neglecting the second and higher powers of , , and , the linearized system of model system (5) at the equilibrium could be obtained: where , , , , , , and . Taking the Fourier transform of (25), the following system can be obtained: where , , and The following equation can be obtained: where are the algebraic cofactor of and .

If the function has zero mean value, the fluctuation intensity of the components in the frequency bands and is , where spectral density is formally defined [29]. Consider Thus, Therefore, because and , . Furthermore, , . Thus, the fluctuation intensity for , , and is given by [29] After calculation, the fluctuation intensity for , , and is given by Explicit values of the spectral densities of the populations and harvest effort when are difficult to obtain because evaluating the integrals is a difficult task. Numerical simulation shows that the intensity of fluctuation for the population and harvest effort from their steady state value increases gradually as the delayed parameter increases.

#### 4. Numerical Simulation

This section presents the numerical simulation results of the delayed model system and stochastic delayed model system for different values of the delayed parameter .

##### 4.1. Numerical Simulation of the Delayed Model System

For model system (4), , , , , and . Furthermore, and . Thus, is satisfied. Further calculations show that . The analysis in Section 2 shows that two interior equilibria is possible when ; only one interior equilibrium is available when ; and an interior equilibrium is impossible when . In the following part, we focus on the case where and the economic profit is set as . Two interior equilibria can be obtained as follows: and . Only the dynamical responses and corresponding phase portrait of model system (4) at are plotted; however, certain symmetric results about can be also obtained. The corresponding can be calculated by solving (18). Hence, the interior equilibrium remains stable for , as shown in Figure 1. As increases, a periodic solution caused by Hopf bifurcation occurs, as shown in Figure 2. Figure 3 shows a limit cycle that corresponds to the periodic solution in Figure 2, which forms around the fixed point. Furthermore, Figure 4 shows that model system (4) remains unstable for sufficiently large but has complex structures with increasing oscillations.

##### 4.2. Numerical Simulation of the Stochastic Delayed Model System

For the numerical simulation of the stochastic version corresponding to the delayed model system, the same set of parametric values was used. In the previous section, the analytical results for the population and harvest effort fluctuation around their steady states in the presence of discrete time delay and environmental forcing were obtained. However, the analysis cannot provide clear information about the stochastic stability behavior of the populations and the harvest effort. To answer these questions, the stochastic model system was simulated by increasing the magnitude of at each step. The amplitude of oscillation for , , and was enhanced compared with the oscillation observed in a deterministic environment. If the frequency of oscillation in , , and in Figures 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 7 is compared, environmental fluctuation clearly plays a crucial role in determining the magnitude of oscillation (given that the magnitude of delay parameter is the same in both cases).

#### 5. Conclusion

The effect of environmental fluctuations and time delay on the singular Leslie-Gower prey-predator bioeconomic model was investigated through theoretical analysis and numerical simulation. The local stability behavior around the interior equilibrium point of the delayed model system within deterministic environment is discussed, which extends the work done in [4]. The interior equilibrium switched from being stable to unstable and then back to being stable, as the time delay increases. The condition for Hopf bifurcation periodic solution was obtained by considering time delay as a bifurcation parameter. These analyses and numerical simulations show the sensitivity of the singular Leslie-Gower prey-predator bioeconomic model dynamics on time delay. Subsequently, the singular stochastic Leslie-Gower prey-predator bioeconomic model with time delay was obtained by introducing Gaussian white noise terms to the deterministic model system mentioned above. The dynamic behavior of the stochastic model system around their steady state values produces drastic change with the presence of time delay and increasing magnitude. The frequency and amplitude of oscillation for the population density and harvest effort are enhanced relative to these values in the deterministic model system. These results indicate that the magnitude of time delay plays a crucial role in determining the stability or instability. Environmental fluctuation intensity plays a crucial role in determining the magnitude of oscillation of the singular Leslie-Gower prey-predator bioeconomic model system within a fluctuating environment.

Notably, the differential-algebraic models presented in [13–17] investigated the problems of bifurcation and control on some bioeconomic systems with time delay. Compared with these works, the model proposed in this paper investigates the dynamical behavior of bioeconomic systems with stochastic fluctuations and time delay, which provides the work studied in this paper with new and positive features.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (61273008 and 61104003). The authors gratefully acknowledge the reviewers for their comments and suggestions that greatly improved the presentation of this work.

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