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Using an Atlantis model of the southern Benguela to explore the response of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management


Smith, MD and Fulton, EA and Day, RW, Using an Atlantis model of the southern Benguela to explore the response of ecosystem indicators for fisheries management, Environmental Modelling and Software, 69 pp. 23-41. ISSN 1364-8152 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 Elsevier Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.03.002


Atlantis is a whole-of-system modelling framework developed for Management Strategy Evaluation. This paper describes an Atlantis model that was built to simulate the southern Benguela ecosystem and its major associated fisheries to assist fisheries management in the region. We divided the region into spatial zones based on hydrodynamics, current fishing management, and important ecosystem processes. We divided the biological components of the system into functional groups based on trophic interaction, life history traits and fisheries management objectives. We evaluated the model against historical data and known ecosystem interactions (such as competition and predation), and found that it simulates important ecological processes well at multiple trophic levels. We tested the model under fishing pressure scenarios and evaluated the performance of common ecosystem-level indicators. The response of the modelled system (as shown by indicators) was in line with expected behaviour of the indicators, reinforcing our confidence in the usefulness of the model.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Atlantis, ecosystem indicators, ecosystem modelling, ecosystem-based fisheries management, Southern Benguela
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
ID Code:118810
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:20
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-20
Last Modified:2017-09-29

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