Linking knowledge to action in ocean ecosystem management: The Ocean Modeling Forum

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Type: Journal Article
Year of publication: 2018
Date published: 12/2018
Authors: Tessa Francis, Phillip Levin, André Punt, Isaac Kaplan, Anna Varney, Karma Norman
Journal title: Elem Sci Anth
Volume: 6
Issue: 1
Pages: 83

The sustainable use of global marine resources depends upon science-based decision processes and systems. Informing decisions with science is challenging for many reasons, including the nature of science and science-based institutions. The complexity of ecosystem-based management often requires the use of models, and model-based advice can be especially difficult to convert into policies or decisions. Here, we suggest five characteristics of model-based information and advice for successfully informing ocean management decision-making, based on the Ocean Modeling Forum framework. Illustrated by examples from two fisheries case studies, Pacific sardines Sardinops sagaxand Pacific herring Clupea pallasii, we argue that actionable model-based output should be aspirational, applicable, parsimonious, co-produced, and amplifying. 

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