Towards the implementation of an integrated ecosystem fleet-based management of European fisheries

D. Gascuel, G. Merino, R.D. Döring, D.N. Druon, L. Goti, S. Guénette, C. Macher, K. Soma, M. Travers-Trolet, S. Mackinson

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    Abstract

    Using the Celtic Sea and the North Sea as case studies, the fleet-based approach is shown to be the pathway to implement an effective ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) in European seas. First, a diagnostic on the health of each ecosystem is proposed based on the reconstruction of long time-series of catch, the analysis of mean indicators or stocks trajectories derived from ICES stock assessment results, and the analysis of ecosystem indicators. Then, a fleet-based synthesis is presented using indicators of both the ecological impact and the economic performances of the major fleets operating within each ecosystem. In particular, assessment diagrams show whether each fleet segment, on average, sustainably exploits the stocks. Although results are preliminary due to the poor quality of available data, the analysis shows that simple indicators can be estimated and clearly highlight contrasts between fleet segments. Such an approach contributes to the evolution from a stock-based to a fleet-based management, which reflects the ecological, economical and social pillars of the sustainable development of fisheries.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1022-1032
    JournalMarine Policy
    Volume36
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Keywords

    • marine food webs
    • fish stocks
    • trophic-level
    • celtic sea
    • indicators
    • strategies
    • evaluate
    • policies
    • model

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    Gascuel, D., Merino, G., Döring, R. D., Druon, D. N., Goti, L., Guénette, S., Macher, C., Soma, K., Travers-Trolet, M., & Mackinson, S. (2012). Towards the implementation of an integrated ecosystem fleet-based management of European fisheries. Marine Policy, 36(5), 1022-1032. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2012.02.008