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Ecosystem-based fisheries management: Progress in the NE Atlantic

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Christopher Frid


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Fisheries management in the NE Atlantic has recently adopted a precautionary approach to setting catch limits. This has been accompanied by the development of more complex and multi-species modelling tools for predicting stock size and structure. The scientific community are now being asked to provide an 'ecosystem-based approach' to fisheries management. In this paper, we consider the science needs of this shift to a consideration of more complex systems to include both ecological and socio-economic components. At present, this involves use of the precautionary approach and multi-species management regimes, but will need to include multi-annual quota assessment, 'stake-holder' involvement and marine protected areas. How will these approaches sit together and how will science support them? As an example, we will consider what management of the North Sea demersal fishery may involve in 20 years time. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Frid C, Paramor O, Scott C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Marine Policy

Year: 2005

Volume: 29

Issue: 5

Pages: 461-469

Print publication date: 01/09/2005

ISSN (print): 0308-597X

ISSN (electronic): 1872-9460

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2004.07.004


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