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Fisheries for the future: greenhouse gas emission consequences of different fishery reference points


Hornborg, S and Smith, ADM, Fisheries for the future: greenhouse gas emission consequences of different fishery reference points, ICES Journal of Marine Science, 77, (5) pp. 1666-1671. ISSN 1054-3139 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/icesjms/fsaa077


Global fisheries have for long been scrutinized in terms of ecosystem effects but only more recently for their greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions are dominated by fuel use on fishing vessels and the levels are often neglected side effects of resource overexploitation. Using a simple production model, Pella-Tomlinson, we illustrate how fuel efficiency (fuel use per unit of catch) varies with the level of exploitation and biomass depletion. For this model, fuel use per unit catch rises hyperbolically with fishing effort—it is relatively flat at low levels of effort but rises steeply as effort increases and biomass and catch decline. In light of these findings, the general fuel efficiency relationship with common fishery reference points on stock status is discussed, as well as other means of reducing fuel use and thus greenhouse gas emissions. We conclude that much may be gained by considering fuel efficiency in setting reference points for target stock biomass in fisheries and encourage further investigations.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fisheries, fuel, greenhouse gas emissions, reference points, stock status
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Mitigation of climate change
Objective Field:Management of greenhouse gas emissions from animal production
UTAS Author:Smith, ADM (Dr Tony Smith)
ID Code:143655
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Fisheries and Aquaculture
Deposited On:2021-03-29
Last Modified:2021-09-09

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