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Keeping watch on the unwatchable: technological solutions for the problems generated by ecosystem-based management


McShane, PE and Broadhurst, MK and Williams, A, Keeping watch on the unwatchable: technological solutions for the problems generated by ecosystem-based management, Fish and Fisheries, 8, (2) pp. 153-161. ISSN 1467-2960 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-2679.2007.00242.x


Ecosystem-based management is an emerging paradigm influencing the management of commercial fisheries. Increasingly, developed nations are adopting explicit legislation and policy governing the assessment and management of their fisheries against criteria of ecological sustainability. Yet the ability to evaluate ecosystem impacts of fisheries is compromised by a general lack of understanding of marine ecosystem function (beyond the population level) and a lack of robust and practical indicators for ecosystem health and management. Recent technological advances can assist in developing criteria, including structural analyses of seafloor communities potentially impacted by fishing gears (e.g. demersal trawling). Similarly, advances in fishing gear technology, including improved selectivity and the development of gears which have a more benign environmental impact, can mitigate some of the ecological impacts of fishing. Such technological advances are summarized in the context of contemporary fisheries management. © 2007 The Authors.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
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:McShane, PE (Mr Paul McShane)
ID Code:50760
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:NC Marine Conservation and Resource Sustainability
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-10-04

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