Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management

Jason Link 
CUP  October 2010  

Hardback  224 pp  ISBN 9780521762984      £45.00
  • Interdisciplinary view of living marine resource management and science provides a more viable solution to the sustainable management of fisheries
  • Provides several 'checklists', acting as a manual to implement EBFM. The background of case studies, underlying philosophies, and analytical methods are placed into a framework whereby interested readers, resource managers, and EBFM practitioners can apply that information, while understanding the theory and rationale behind the lists
  • Summary points and research remaining bullets at the end of each chapter provide a way to summarise, review and synthesise the main themes in each chapter and further the debate and future scientific research on the specific topic areas

Responsible fisheries management is of increasing interest to the scientific community, resource managers, policy makers, stakeholders and the general public. Focusing solely on managing one species of fish stock at a time has become less of a viable option in addressing the problem. Incorporating more holistic considerations into fisheries management by addressing the trade-offs among the range of issues involved, such as ecological principles, legal mandates and the interests of stakeholders, will hopefully challenge and shift the perception that doing ecosystem-based fisheries management is unfeasible. Demonstrating that EBFM is in fact feasible will have widespread impact, both in US and international waters. Using case studies, underlying philosophies and analytical approaches, this book brings together a range of interdisciplinary topics surrounding EBFM and considers these simultaneously, with an aim to provide tools for successful implementation and to further the debate on EBFM, ultimately hoping to foster enhanced living marine resource management.



Part I. Context:

  • Admit the problem
  • Why is an ecosystem approach now strongly heralded and merited?
  • Being audacious
  • Framework for scientific information to support EBFM
  • When does it make sense to do EBFM?

Part II. Making EBFM Operational Technical Considerations:

  • Ecosystem indicators
  • Expanding the stock focus: what we should have been doing yesterday
  • A systemic focus: what we can do now
  • Assessing risk: a different view of ecosystem information

Part III. Institutional Considerations:

  • Why most fisheries biologists become amateur social scientists
  • Management institutions regarding EBFM
  • It's all about tradeoffs


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