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Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries


Garcia, SM and Kolding, J and Rice, J and Rochet, M-J and Zhou, S and Arimoto, T and Beyer, JE and Borges, L and Bundy, A and Dunn, D and Fulton, EA and Hall, M and Heino, M and Law, R and Makino, M and Rijnsdorp, AD and Simard, F and Smith, ADM, Reconsidering the consequences of selective fisheries, Science, 335, (6072) pp. 1045-1047. ISSN 0036-8075 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1126/science.1214594


Concern about the impact of fishing on ecosystems and fisheries production is increasing (1, 2). Strategies to reduce these impacts while addressing the growing need for food security (3) include increasing selectivity (1, 2): capturing species, sexes, and sizes in proportions that differ from their occurrence in the ecosystem. Increasing evidence suggests that more selective fishing neither maximizes production nor minimizes impacts (47). Balanced harvesting would more effectively mitigate adverse ecological effects of fishing while supporting sustainable fisheries. This strategy, which challenges present management paradigms, distributes a moderate mortality from fishing across the widest possible range of species, stocks, and sizes in an ecosystem, in proportion to their natural productivity (8), so that the relative size and species composition is maintained.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fisheries, ecosystems, food security
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:119756
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:320
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2018-01-18

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