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An integrated approach is needed for ecosystem based fisheries management: insights from ecosystem-level management strategy evaluation


Fulton, EA and Smith, ADM and Smith, DC and Johnson, P, An integrated approach is needed for ecosystem based fisheries management: insights from ecosystem-level management strategy evaluation, PLoS ONE, 9, (1) Article e84242. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0084242


An ecosystem approach is widely seen as a desirable goal for fisheries management but there is little consensus on what strategies or measures are needed to achieve it. Management strategy evaluation (MSE) is a tool that has been widely used to develop and test single species fisheries management strategies and is now being extended to support ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM). We describe the application of MSE to investigate alternative strategies for achieving EBFM goals for a complex multispecies fishery in southeastern Australia. The study was undertaken as part of a stakeholder driven process to review and improve the ecological, economic and social performance of the fishery. An integrated management strategy, involving combinations of measures including quotas, gear controls and spatial management, performed best against a wide range of objectives and this strategy was subsequently adopted in the fishery, leading to marked improvements in performance. Although particular to one fishery, the conclusion that an integrated package of measures outperforms single focus measures we argue is likely to apply widely in fisheries that aim to achieve EBFM goals.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aquatic environment, Australia, conceptual framework, economic evaluation, ecosystem based fishery management, environmental economics, environmental management, environmental monitoring, environmental protection, evaluation study
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)
UTAS Author:Smith, ADM (Dr Tony Smith)
ID Code:119513
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:188
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-08-02
Last Modified:2017-10-13
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