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Fishery management, development and food security in the Western and Central Pacific in the context of climate change


Weng, KC and Glazier, E and Nicol, SJ and Hobday, AJ, Fishery management, development and food security in the Western and Central Pacific in the context of climate change, Deep-Sea Research, Part II, 113 pp. 301-311. ISSN 0967-0645 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.10.025


In the coming decades, fishery resource managers and policy-makers in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) will be increasingly challenged by the need to ensure food security in the context of a changing climate, increasing human pressure on the marine environment, and limited understanding of marine ecosystems and associated resources. These decision-makers must address a pressing and overarching question - how will pelagic resources and pressures on such resources change over time and space? Answering this question requires ongoing inquiry into critical dimensions of pelagic species and systems, for both the commercial tuna species that are managed by Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs), as well as nearshore pelagic fishes that support many small-scale fisheries and are managed at national and local levels. Research priorities include generating further insight into life history and physiology, oceanographic context, movement and migration, food webs, ecosystem dynamics and stock status. Concurrently, socioeconomic research is needed to tailor fisheries management strategies to local, national and regional conditions; and improve understanding of incentive structures among players in RFMOs such as the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. PICT-based scientists and managers are ideally situated to generate new fisheries-relevant data; however, investments are needed to expand the capacity for research, management, and sustainable fisheries development within PICTs. Such capacity building can be accelerated through collaboration between PICTs, RFMOs, and scientific centers of excellence in Distant Water Fishing Nations. Without increased capacity development, this region will be adversely affected by the impacts of climate change and less able to take advantage of opportunities for economic development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:capacity building, coastal fisheries, tuna, western and central Pacific Ocean
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:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
ID Code:118907
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Zoology
Deposited On:2017-07-21
Last Modified:2017-10-05

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