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Case studies demonstrate capacity for a structured planning process for ecosystem-based fisheries management
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 22:09 authored by Koehn, LE, Essington, TE, Levin, PS, Marshall, KN, Anderson, LG, Bundy, A, Carothers, C, Coleman, F, Grabowski, JH, Houde, E, Jensen, OP, Mollmann, C, Smith, ADM
Structured, systematic processes for decision-making can facilitate implementation of ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM). In US fisheries management, existing fishery ecosystem plans (FEPs) are primarily descriptive documents - not action-oriented planning processes. "Next-generation" FEPs extend existing FEPs by translating ecosystem principles into action through a structured process, including identifying and prioritizing objectives and evaluating trade-offs while assessing alternative management strategies for meeting objectives. We illustrate the potential for implementing a structured decision making process for EBFM by reviewing fisheries management case studies through the lens of the next-generation FEP process, highlighting two perspectives. First, across case studies almost all steps occur, many occurring in multiple regions, indicating scientific and fisheries management capacity exists to conduct structured process components. Second, adjustments would be needed to transition to next-generation FEPs, as existing activity is rarely conducted within a fully structured, integrated process and examples of certain steps are scarce, but existing examples can guide future management. Implementing ongoing activity within next-generation FEPs would likely streamline fisheries management activity, saving time and resources while improving outcomes for stakeholders and ecosystems.
Publication titleCanadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Department/SchoolInstitute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
PublisherNatl Research Council Canada
Place of publicationResearch Journals, Montreal Rd, Ottawa, Canada, Ontario, K1A 0R6
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