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# Dynamical analysis of a logistic model with impulsive Holling type-II harvesting

*Advances in Difference Equations*
**volumeÂ 2018**, ArticleÂ number:Â 112 (2018)

## Abstract

A logistic model with impulsive Holling type-II harvesting is proposed and investigated in this paper. Here, the species is harvested at fixed moments. By using the techniques derived from the theory of impulsive differential equations, sufficient conditions for both permanence and extinction of the system are established, respectively. Sufficient conditions which ensure the existence, uniqueness, and global attractivity of a positive periodic solution of the system are obtained. Our study shows that impulsive controls play an important role in maintaining the sustainable development of the ecological system. Compared with the linear impulsive capture or continuous nonlinear-type capture, our study shows that the nonlinear impulsive capture could lead to more complicated dynamic behaviors. Numeric simulations are carried out to show the feasibility of the main results. The results obtained here maybe useful to the practical biological economics management.

## 1 Introduction

During the last decade, many scholars [1â€“39] proposed various single or multiple species modeling. Such topics as the existence and stability of the equilibrium, the existence, uniqueness, and stability of the periodic solution or almost periodic solution, the persistence and extinction of the system have been extensively investigated, and many interesting results have been obtained. It brings to our attention that all the models are based on a single species model, while a logistic model is one of the basic single species models, it is the cornerstone of the mathematics biology. On the other hand, the harvest of populations is one of the human purposes to achieve the economic interests. Already, there are many scholars investigating the dynamic behaviors of the population models incorporating the harvesting, see [3, 4, 7, 28â€“31] and the references cited therein.

The classical single species logistic equation is as follows:

where \(x(t)\) is the density of the species at time *t*, *r* represents the intrinsic growth rate. \(a=\frac{r}{K}\) is usually referred to as the density dependent rate, the positive constant *K* is the environmental saturation level or carrying capacity. Traditionally, one may assume that the harvest rate \(h(t)\) is a constant *h* or under the catch-per-unit effort hypothesis \(Ex(t)\); consequently, the logistic equation with harvesting takes the form [3, 4]:

or

where *E* denotes the harvesting effort. Two types of solution behavior may be seen in system (1.2). If \(h< r^{2}/(4a)\), the harvesting is subcritical and solutions either tend to a positive limiting value as \(t\rightarrow\infty\), or, depending on the value of initial value, may tend to zero in finite time. If \(h>r^{2}/(4a)\), the harvesting is supercritical and solutions always tend to zero in finite time.

A more realistic harvesting term would be small for small value of *x* and would incorporate a saturation effect for enough large *x*; one option is to replace *h* in (1.2) with a Holling type-II functional response.

where *Î·*, *E*, *Î¼*, *Î½* are positive parameters that are used for the catchability coefficient of the species, the effort devoted to their nonselective harvesting, each proportional to the radio of the stock-level to the catch-rate at higher levels of effort and each proportional to the radio of the effort level to the catch-rate at higher stock-levels. One could refer to [5â€“7] for more detailed information on term (1.3). As \(E\rightarrow\infty\), the limiting value of \(h(t)\) becomes a function of *x* only and \(h(t)\rightarrow(\eta/\mu)x\). When \(x\rightarrow\infty\), \(h(t)\rightarrow(\eta/\nu)E\). One can easily observe that the catch-rate function in (1.3) embodies saturation efforts with respect to the effort level as well as stocking abundance. Term (1.3) can be translated into another form as follows:

where \(\alpha=\mu\), \(\beta=\nu/E\), and \(\gamma=\eta\) are positive parameters that are used for the species saturation constant, another saturation constant, and the effects of harvest rate, respectively. Obviously, if \(\beta=0\), then the above term degenerates to linear capture [4].

It is often the case that harvesting occurs at fixed moments every year, which brings about short-term rapid changes for the densities of the species. Impulsive differential systems are suitable for the mathematical simulation of this evolutionary process ([3â€“14, 28â€“39]). In this paper, we propose the following autonomous logistic model with regular harvest pulse:

together with the initial condition

It is assumed that the impulsive points satisfy \(0=t_{0}< t_{1}=t_{0}+\theta<\cdots<t_{k}=t_{0}+k\theta<\cdots\) with \(\lim_{t\rightarrow+\infty}t_{k}=+\infty\), that is, the harvests are regular. And it is necessary to satisfy the relationship \(0\leq \gamma<\min\{\alpha,1\}\) for biological reality (\(x(t_{k}^{+})>0\), \(k=1,2,\ldots \)), i.e., the harvesting is proportional to the current density of species *x*. There are some particular forms on system (1.4). System (1.4) with \(\beta=\gamma=0\), \(\alpha\neq0\) is reduced to the logistic equation 1.1. System (1.4) with \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=0\) is reduced to the linear impulsive logistic equation [2]:

In [2], by applying the comparison theorem and constructing some suitable Lyapunov functionals, the authors discussed the permanence and global attractivity of system (1.5), but they did not discuss the extinction property of system (1.5). System (1.4) with \(\theta=0\) is reduced to the logistic equation with Holling type-II harvesting [7]:

For system (1.4), an interesting question is the following: Are the dynamical behaviors of system (1.4) similar to or quite different from those of system (1.5) and system (1.6)? It is generally known that the ecological system will be destroyed with the high capturing intensity or high frequency capture. In order to ensure the economic benefits and sustainable population development, should we control the level of capture strength and cycle?

The paper is organized as follows. In Sect.Â 2, some sufficient conditions for the existence and global attractivity of system (1.4) are derived; also, under some conditions, the system may admit a unique positive periodic solution. In Sect.Â 3, we investigate the extinction property of system (1.4). In Sect.Â 4, several numeric simulations are carried out to illustrate the feasibility of the main results. We end this paper with a brief discussion.

## 2 Permanence and global attractivity

### Theorem 2.1

*Assume that*

*holds*, *then for any positive solution*
\(x(t)\)
*of system* (1.4),

*where*

### Proof

Let \(y(t)=1/x(t)\), from \(\gamma\geq0\) we have

Applying the comparison theorem and from [8] page 19, for any \(T>0\), we obtain

which implies that

Consequently,

From (2.1), there exists enough small positive \(\varepsilon_{1}>0\) such that

where \(\zeta_{\varepsilon_{1}}=\frac{\alpha+\beta(M+\varepsilon _{1})}{\alpha-\gamma}\geq1\). For this \(\varepsilon_{1}\), from (2.3), there exists enough large \(T_{1}>0\) such that

Furthermore, from system (1.4), \(\beta\geq0\), and the above inequality, it is easy to obtain

Note that \([Y]\) represents the maximum integer not greater than the real number *Y*. According to the comparison theorem and [8], for any \(T>0\), we obtain

In particular, if \(t=T+k\theta\), then from (2.6) it follows that

From this inequality and (2.4), and letting \(\varepsilon _{1}\rightarrow0\), we obtain

where \(\xi=\frac{\alpha+\beta M}{\alpha-\gamma}\).

For \(T+k\theta\leq t< T+(k+1)\theta\), we have

From inequality (2.6) we obtain

Clearly, let \(\varepsilon_{1}\rightarrow0\), we have

Therefore,

This proof of TheoremÂ 2.1 is completed.â€ƒâ–¡

### Remark 2.1

When \(\beta=\gamma=0\), system (1.4) is reduced to the logistic equation (1.1). In view of \(r>0\), we have

and

It follows from TheoremÂ 2.1 that

that is \(\lim_{t\rightarrow+\infty}x(t)=r/a\). Therefore, our result generalizes the simple dynamics of the traditional logistic equation.

### Remark 2.2

When \(\alpha=1\) and \(\beta=0\), system (1.4) is reduced to the linear impulsive logistic equationÂ (1.5). In view of \(r>0\), \(0\leq\gamma<1\), one obtains

Moreover, if the inequality

holds, it follows from TheoremÂ 2.1 that

which generalizes the simple dynamics of the linear impulsive logistic equation.

### Theorem 2.2

*If condition* (2.1) *holds*, *then system* (1.4) *has at least one*
*Î¸*-*periodic solution*
\(x(t)\), *for which*
\(x(0)>0\).

### Proof

Owing to *r*, *a* and *Î±*, *Î²*, *Î³* are positive constants, the impulsive system (1.4) is periodic.

Suppose that there is a positive *Î¸*-periodic solution \(x(t)\) of (1.4) with \(x(0^{+})=x_{0}>0\). For \(t\in(0,\theta]\), we have

where

Then

From the condition \(x(\theta^{+})=x_{0}\), we obtain

consequently

Let

Since \(g(x)\geq-x\) for \(x\in [0,1/b(\theta) )\) and \(\frac {-\gamma x}{\alpha+\beta x}\geq-x\) for \(x\geq0\), equation (2.7) has a positive solution only in the interval \(x\in [0,1/b(\theta) )\). Suppose that equation (2.7) has a positive solution \(x(\theta)\) and denote by \(\pi(t)\) the corresponding positive *Î¸*-periodic solution of equation (1.4) for which

and

From

we have

that is,

We declare that under assumption (2.1), equation (2.8) admits a positive solution.

When \(\beta=0\), equation (2.8) has a positive solution

When \(\beta\neq0\), because of

from (2.1), we have

It is easy to see that

hence,

where \(B=\beta e(\theta)+\alpha b(\theta)-\gamma b(\theta)-\beta\), \(\Delta=B^{2}-4\beta b(\theta) (\alpha e(\theta)-\alpha+\gamma )\).

That is,

Then equation (2.8) has a positive solution

Therefore, when \(\beta=0\), set

when \(\beta\neq0\), set

Consequently, system (1.4) has at least one positive *Î¸*-period solution

for which \(x(0)>0\).

The proof of TheoremÂ 2.2 is completed.â€ƒâ–¡

### Theorem 2.3

*If condition* (2.1) *holds and assume that*

*where*

*then for any two positive solutions*
\(x(t)\)
*and*
\(x^{*}(t)\)
*of system* (1.4), \(\lim_{t\rightarrow+\infty} (x(t)-x^{*}(t) )=0\).

### Proof

From (2.9) and the expression of \(\Phi_{0}\), we could choose \(\varepsilon>0\) small enough. Without loss of generality, we may assume that \(\varepsilon<\frac{1}{2}m\) such that

where \(\Phi_{\varepsilon}=\frac{\alpha+\beta(m+2M+\varepsilon )-\gamma}{\alpha+\beta(m-\varepsilon)-\gamma}\geq1\). For this *Îµ*, from TheoremÂ 2.1, there exists enough large \(T>0\) such that

Now, we will prove that \(x(t)\) is globally attractive.

Using the mean value theorem, we can obtain

Let

then

Using the mean value theorem, we can easily check that

According to the impulsive differential inequality in [8], for any \(T>0\), it follows that

In particular, if \(t=T+k\theta\), then from (2.11) it follows that

From this inequality and (2.10), we obtain

For \(T+k\theta\leq t< T+(k+1)\theta\), we have

From inequality (2.11) we obtain

Clearly, from (2.10) we have

Therefore,

That shows

This proof of TheoremÂ 2.3 is completed.â€ƒâ–¡

As a direct corollary of TheoremsÂ 2.2 and 2.3, we have the following.

### Theorem 2.4

*If conditions* (2.1) *and* (2.9) *hold*, *then system* (1.4) *has a unique*
*Î¸*-*periodic solution*
\(x(t)\), *which is globally attractive*.

## 3 Extinction

In this section, we give the following result which indicates that species \(x(t)\) will be driven to extinction.

### Theorem 3.1

*If the assumption*

*holds*, *then the species*
*x*
*will be driven to extinction*, *that is*, *for any positive solution*
\(x(t)\)
*of system* (1.4), \(x(t)\rightarrow0\)
*as*
\(t\rightarrow+\infty\).

*Here*,

### Proof

Let \(y(t)=1/x(t)\), from \(\alpha-\gamma>0\), we have

Let \(\varepsilon\rightarrow0\), we have

where \(\delta=\frac{\alpha+\beta M}{\alpha+\beta M-\gamma}>1\).

Condition (3.1) is equivalent to

From (3.2), applying the comparison theorem and the theory of impulsive differential inequality [8], we get

Consequently,

This proof of TheoremÂ 3.1 is completed.â€ƒâ–¡

As a direct corollary of TheoremÂ 3.1, we have the following.

### Corollary 3.1

*Assume*
\(\beta=\gamma=0\), *in this case*, *system* (1.4) *degenerates to system* (1.1). *Assume further that*
\(r<0\), *then any positive solution*
\(x(t)\)
*of system* (1.1)

*That is*, *the species*
*x*
*will be driven to extinction when the intrinsic growth rate is negative*.

### Corollary 3.2

*Assume that*
\(\alpha=1\)
*and*
\(\beta=0\), *in this case*, *system* (1.4) *is reduced to the linear impulsive logistic equation* (1.5). *Assume further that*

*then the species*
*x*
*will be driven to extinction in system* (1.5).

### Remark 3.1

Noting that the authors in [2] did not investigate the extinction property of system (1.5), CorollaryÂ 3.2 supplements and complements the main results of [2].

## 4 Numeric simulations

### Example 4.1

Consider system (1.4) with the following coefficients: \(r=3\), \(a=2\), \(\theta=1\).

When \(\alpha=1\) and \(\beta=\gamma=0\), system (1.4) is reduced to the traditional logistic equation (1.1). It follows from RemarkÂ 2.1 that

When \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=0\), and \(\gamma=0.5\), system (1.4) is reduced to the linear impulsive logistic equation (1.5). One obtains that

It follows from RemarkÂ 2.2 that

Moreover,

It follows from TheoremÂ 2.4 that system (1.4) has a unique globally attractive positive 1-periodic solution.

When \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=0.2\), and \(\gamma=0.5\), it is easy to obtain

From TheoremÂ 2.1, one has

and

From TheoremÂ 2.4, then system (1.4) has a unique globally attractive positive 1-periodic solution. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 1) supports these findings.

### Example 4.2

Consider system (1.4) with the following coefficients: \(r=3\), \(a=2\), \(\theta=0.05\).

When \(\alpha=1\) and \(\beta=\gamma=0\) in system (1.4) (i.e., system (1.1)), it follows from RemarkÂ 2.1 that

When \(\alpha=1\), \(\gamma=0.5\), and \(\beta=0\) in system (1.4) (i.e., system (1.5)), one has

The condition of CorollaryÂ 3.2 holds. It follows from CorollaryÂ 3.2 that the species of system (1.5) will be driven to extinction.

When \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=1\), and \(\gamma=0.5\), by simple computation, we have

and so

that is, the condition of TheoremÂ 3.1 holds. It follows from TheoremÂ 3.1 that the species of system (1.4) will be driven to extinction. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 2) supports these findings.

### Remark 4.1

For fixed values of *r*, *a* and *Î±*, *Î²*, *Î³* (i.e., the population nature coefficients and capture intensity are fixed), if the harvesting cycle

then, from TheoremÂ 3.1, the species *x* will be driven to extinction in system (1.4), that is, too intensive harvesting could lead to the extinction of the species.

If the harvesting cycle satisfies

then, from TheoremÂ 2.1, system (1.4) is permanent. That is, the period of harvesting is one of the essential factors leading to the extinction or permanence of the species.

All the analytical calculations are performed in detail in AppendixÂ A.1.

### Example 4.3

Take \(r=3\), \(a=2\), \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=0.2\), \(\gamma=0.5\).

Through simple computation, one can see that when \(\theta=0.05\) in system (1.4),

then from TheoremÂ 3.1, the species *x* will be driven to extinction.

Similarly, if \(\theta=0.02\) and \(\theta=0.01\), the species *x* will be driven to extinction. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 3) supports this finding.

When \(\theta=1\) in system (1.4), one has

then from TheoremÂ 2.1,

Similarly, if \(\theta=1.3\) and \(\theta=2\), system (1.4) is permanent. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 4) supports this finding.

When \(\theta=0\), from [7], we can obtain that system (1.4) has a globally stable positive equilibrium. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 5) supports this finding.

FigureÂ 3, Fig.Â 4, and Fig.Â 5 exhibit the effect of harvesting cycle *Î¸*. One could easily see that if *Î¸* is large enough (\(\theta>\frac{1}{r}\ln\frac{\alpha a+\beta r}{a(\alpha-\gamma )} \)), then (2.1) holds; and consequently, species *x* is permanent. With the increase in *Î¸*, the density of species *x* is increasing accordingly. If *Î¸* is small enough such that \(\theta<\frac{1}{r}\ln\frac{\alpha}{\alpha-\gamma}\), then (3.1) holds, and the species will be driven to extinction. That is, the harvesting cycle can change the persistence and extinction property of the system.

### Remark 4.2

For fixed values of *r*, *a* and *Î±*, *Î²*, *Î¸* (i.e., the population nature coefficients and harvesting cycle are fixed), if the capture intensity

then, from TheoremÂ 3.1, the species *x* will be driven to extinction in system (1.4), that is, this harvesting cycle cannot be sustained.

If the capture intensity

then, from TheoremÂ 2.1, system (1.4) is permanent, that is, this harvesting cycle can be sustained.

All the analytical calculations are performed in detail in AppendixÂ A.2.

### Example 4.4

Take \(r=3\), \(a=2\), \(\alpha=1\), \(\beta=0.2\).

Through simple computation, one can see that when \(\gamma=0.5\), \(\theta=1\) in system (1.4), then from TheoremÂ 2.1,

Similarly, if \(\gamma=0.2\) and \(\gamma=0.1\), system (1.4) is permanent. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 6) supports this finding.

When \(\gamma=0.5\), \(\theta=0.05\) in system (1.4),

then, from TheoremÂ 3.1, the species *x* will be driven to extinction.

Similarly, if \(\gamma=0.6\) and \(\gamma=0.8\), the species *x* will be driven to extinction. Numeric simulation (Fig.Â 7) supports this finding.

Numerical simulations (Fig.Â 6, Fig.Â 7) show that if *Î³* is small enough (\(\gamma<\alpha-\frac{\alpha a+\beta r}{ae^{r\theta }} \)), such that (2.1) holds, then the species is permanent. For the fixed *Î¸*, as *Î³* gradually decreases, the density of species *x* is increasing accordingly. If *Î³* is large enough such that \(\gamma>\alpha-\frac{\alpha}{e^{r\theta}}\), then (3.1) holds, the species will be driven to extinction. From this point, the capture intensity *Î³* plays a negative effect on the persistence property of the system. Also, for the fixed *Î¸*, as *Î³* is increasing gradually, the time for the species to be extinct becomes shorter.

## 5 Discussion

In this paper, a logistic model incorporating nonlinear impulsive Holling type-II harvesting is proposed and studied.

Based on the theoretical analysis and numerical simulations, we show that different parameter relationships may result in different dynamical behaviors of the system. From RemarksÂ 4.1 and 4.2, sufficiently small value of *Î¸* and sufficiently large value of *Î³* will cause the extinction of the species. Furthermore, high capture frequency *Î¸* (Fig.Â 3) and high capture intensity *Î³* (Fig.Â 7) accelerate the speed of extinction. If the value of *Î¸* is large enough and the value of *Î³* is small enough, the species is permanent (Figs.Â 4 andÂ 6). Furthermore, with the increase in the harvesting cycle and the decrease in the capture intensity, the density of species *x* is increasing.

To sum up, to ensure the permanence of the specie, we could increase the period between the capture or decrease the capture strength.

At the end of the paper, we would like to mention that we assume that *Î¸* is a positive constant in system (1.4), that is, for all \(k\in Z^{+}\), \(t_{k}-t_{k-1}=\theta\). What would happen if we assume that \(t_{k}\) is a periodic sequence or an almost periodic sequence? We leave this for future investigation.

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The authors are grateful to the reviewers for useful suggestions which improved the contents of this paper. The research was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Fujian Province (2015J01012, 2015J01019).

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## Appendix

### Appendix

The system is defined by the set of (1.4) of the paper.

### 1.1 A.1 Fixed values of *r*, *a* and *Î±*, *Î²*, *Î³*

#### 1.1.1 A.1.1 Case I: Permanence

The condition for permanence of system (1.4) is \(r\theta-\ln\xi>0\), where

That is,

then we have

#### 1.1.2 A.1.2 Case II: Extinction

The condition for extinction of system (1.4) is \(r\theta-\ln\delta <0\), where

That is,

### 1.2 A.2 Fixed values of *r*, *a* and *Î±*, *Î²*, *Î¸*

#### 1.2.1 A.2.1 Case I: Permanence

The condition for permanence of system (1.4) is \(r\theta-\ln\xi>0\), that is,

then we have

#### 1.2.2 A.2.2 Case II: Extinction

The condition for extinction of system (1.4) is \(r\theta-\ln\delta <0\), that is,

then we have

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Lin, Q., Xie, X., Chen, F. *et al.* Dynamical analysis of a logistic model with impulsive Holling type-II harvesting.
*Adv Differ Equ* **2018**, 112 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13662-018-1563-5

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