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Managing fisheries for environmental performance: the effects of marine resource decision-making on the footprint of seafood


Farmery, AK and Gardner, C and Green, BS and Jennings, SM, Managing fisheries for environmental performance: the effects of marine resource decision-making on the footprint of seafood, Journal of Cleaner Production, 64 pp. 368-376. ISSN 0959-6526 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2013.10.016


The concept of seafood sustainability does not typically include the energetic or material demands of the capture or supply chain processes, despite the significant impacts they generate. We used life cycle assessment (CA) to measure the environmental footprint of the supply of Tasmanian souther rock lobster, Jasus edwardsii (TSRL). International airfreight of live lobsters was the major contributor to global warming potential (GWP) and cumulative energy demand (CED) indicators, while the fishing stage accounted for the majority of impacts to eutrophication potential (EP), water use and marine aquatic ecotoxicity. The environmental footprint of the TSRL in our scenarios was responsive to marine resource management decisions made inside and outside the fishery. Targeting maximum economic yield rather than maximum sustainable yield decreased the carbon footprint by 80% or 19kg CO2e kg-1 of lobster at capture. Limitng access to the fishery by increasng the coverage of marine protected areas increased the fishery's carbon footprint by 23% or 3kg xxx of loster at capture. The unintended consequences of managemnt changes suggest that in a future of increased carbon emission regulation, marine resource decision making should not be made in isolation of broader environmental impacts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Carbon footprint Fisheries management, Life cycle assessment, Maximum economic yield, Maximum sustainable yield, Southern rock lobster
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Management and productivity not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Farmery, AK (Ms Anna Farmery)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
UTAS Author:Green, BS (Associate Professor Bridget Green)
UTAS Author:Jennings, SM (Dr Sarah Jennings)
ID Code:87605
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:42
Deposited By:Economics and Finance
Deposited On:2013-11-26
Last Modified:2017-01-11

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