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Ecosystems say good management pays off


Fulton, EA and Punt, AE and Dichmont, CM and Harvey, CJ and Gorton, R, Ecosystems say good management pays off, Fish and Fisheries, 20, (1) pp. 66-96. ISSN 1467-2960 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/faf.12324


Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of alternative assessment methods, harvest strategies and management approaches are an important part of operationalizing single‐species and ecosystem‐based fisheries management. Simulations run using two variants of a whole‐of‐ecosystem model for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) area shows that (a) data‐rich assessments outperform data‐poor assessments for target species and that this performance is reflected in the values of many system‐level ecosystem indicators; (b) ecosystem and multispecies management outperforms single‐species management applied over the same domain; (c) investment in robust science‐based fisheries management pays dividends even when there are multiple jurisdictions, some of which are not implementing effective management; and (d) that multispecies yield‐oriented strategies can deliver higher total catches without a notable decline in overall system performance, although the resulting system structure is different to that obtained with other forms of ecosystem‐based management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ecosystem modelling, ecosystem based management, Atlantis, fisheries, harvest strategies, risk equivalency
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Natural resource management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna)
UTAS Author:Fulton, EA (Dr Elizabeth Fulton)
ID Code:131653
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:39
Deposited By:Directorate
Deposited On:2019-03-28
Last Modified:2019-05-07

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