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Perceptions regarding the need for broad sustainability assessments of Australian fisheries


Hobday, AJ and Fleming, A and Ogier, EM and Thomas, L and Hartog, JR and Hornborg, S and Stephenson, RL, Perceptions regarding the need for broad sustainability assessments of Australian fisheries, Fisheries Research, 208 pp. 247-257. ISSN 0165-7836 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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Crown Copyright 2018 Published by Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2018.08.006


Demonstration of fishery sustainability has expanded from a relatively narrow biological focus to one that includes a wide range of issues in response to environmental legislation, social factors, and demands from markets and consumers. The Healthcheck for Australian Fisheries Sustainability (Healthcheck) is a new initiative designed to be comprehensive with regard to ecological, economic, social and governance aspects, presenting available information about a fishery for easy access and use. Here we report on the framework development process, including engagement with fishery managers, environmental non-government organisations, and fishery participants. All participants emphasized the need for a broad sustainability assessment with timely reporting, easy availability, and wider coverage of seafood sustainability information than is currently accessible, and expressed the importance of trustworthy and transparent information. Differences were found when comparing sustainability issues generally reported and issues of main concern to stakeholders. Subsequent refinement of the Healthcheck extended coverage into issues that are on the horizon for fishery reporting, but may soon be of interest to a wide range of stakeholders.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:reporting, seafood guide, social license, socio-economic and governance metrics
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hobday, AJ (Dr Alistair Hobday)
UTAS Author:Fleming, A (Dr Aysha Fleming)
UTAS Author:Ogier, EM (Dr Emily Ogier)
ID Code:128626
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2018-10-04
Last Modified:2019-01-21

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