Ecosystems say good management pays off

Fulton, Elizabeth A., Punt, André E., Dichmont, Catherine M., Harvey, Chris J., and Gorton, Rebecca (2019) Ecosystems say good management pays off. Fish and Fisheries, 20 (1). pp. 66-96.

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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 ID: 56883
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1467-2979
Keywords: Atlantis, ecosystem-based management, fisheries, harvest strategies, risk equivalency
Copyright Information: © 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Funders: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
Projects and Grants: FRDC Project 2012/202
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 07:42
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960507 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments @ 100%
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