Title: Towards the implementation of an integrated ecosystem fleet based management of European fisheries
Authors: GASCUEL DidierMERINO GorkaDÖRING R.DRUON Jean-NoelGOTI L.GUÉNETTE SylvieSOMA KatrineTRAVERS-TROLET MorganeMACKINSON SteveMACHER Claire
Citation: MARINE POLICY vol. 36 no. 5 p. 1022-1032
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC67599
ISSN: 0308-597X
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308597X12000152
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC67599
DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.02.008
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Using the Celtic Sea and the North Sea as case studies, we show that a fleet-based approach is 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, we present a fleet-based synthesis 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.
JRC Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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