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A flexible and practical framework for reporting on ecologically sustainable development for wild capture fisheries


Fletcher, WJ and Chesson, J and Sainsbury, K and Hundloe, TJ and Fisher, M, A flexible and practical framework for reporting on ecologically sustainable development for wild capture fisheries, Fisheries Research: An International Journal on Fishing Technology, Fisheries Science and Fisheries Management, 71, (2) pp. 175-183. ISSN 0165-7836 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.fishres.2004.08.030


The principles of sustainable development (or ecologically sustainable development as it is known in Australia) are now accepted as the foundation for natural resource management worldwide and there are increasing community expectations that they will be implemented explicitly. Previous attempts to assess sustainable development for fisheries have mostly failed because the methods have been too restrictive, often attempting to develop a single set of indicators. In 2000, all the fishery agencies and major stakeholder groups in Australia supported the development of a National ESD Framework. This initiative resulted in a practical system being generated through the results of a series of case studies and stakeholder workshops. The Australian National ESD Framework divides ESD into eight major components within the three main categories of ecological well-being, human well-being and ability to contribute: Four main steps are used to complete an ESD report for a fishery: (1) identify relevant issues, (2) prioritise these using risk assessment, (3) complete appropriately detailed reports on each issue and (4) compile the material into a report. The tools to assist this process are now available and have been used to generate reports for many Australian fisheries.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Sustainable development; ESD; Reporting frameworks; Risk assessment; Ecosystem-based management; Ecological assessments Socio-economic assessments; Governance; Wild-capture fisheries
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Sainsbury, K (Professor Keith Sainsbury)
ID Code:73164
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:49
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2011-09-16
Last Modified:2011-09-22

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