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Lessons in modelling and management of marine ecosystems: The Atlantis experience


Fulton, EA and Link, JS and Kaplan, IC and Savina-Rolland, M and Johnson, P and Ainsworth, C and Horne, P and Gorton, R and Gamble, RJ and Smith, ADM and Smith, DC, Lessons in modelling and management of marine ecosystems: The Atlantis experience, Fish and Fisheries, 12, (2) pp. 171-188. ISSN 1467-2960 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Ltd

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-2979.2011.00412.x


Models are key tools for integrating a wide range of system information in a common framework. Attempts to model exploited marine ecosystems can increase understanding of system dynamics; identify major processes, drivers and responses; highlight major gaps in knowledge; and provide a mechanism to 'road test' management strategies before implementing them in reality. The Atlantis modelling framework has been used in these roles for a decade and is regularly being modified and applied to new questions (e.g. it is being coupled to climate, biophysical and economic models to help consider climate change impacts, monitoring schemes and multiple use management). This study describes some common lessons learned from its implementation, particularly in regard to when these tools are most effective and the likely form of best practices for ecosystem-based management (EBM). Most importantly, it highlighted that no single management lever is sufficient to address the many trade-offs associated with EBM and that the mix of measures needed to successfully implement EBM will differ between systems and will change through time. Although it is doubtful that any single management action will be based solely on Atlantis, this modelling approach continues to provide important insights for managers when making natural resource management decisions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Atlantis, ecosystem modelling, ecosystem-based management, exploited marine ecosystems
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
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)
UTAS Author:Smith, DC (Dr David Smith)
ID Code:119843
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:394
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2017-08-07
Last Modified:2017-09-29

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