Are fishery management upgrades worth the cost?

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For the week of 01 October 2018

Greetings OpenChannels Community Members,

PLOS ONE has published, Are fishery management upgrades worth the cost?. "Many analyses of fishery recovery have demonstrated the potential biological and economic benefits of management reform, but few have compared these to the associated costs of management upgrades, which can be substantial. This study aims to determine if the projected economic benefits of management reform outweigh the increases in management costs required to achieve those benefits. To answer this question, we developed a database of country-level fisheries management costs and use those to estimate the country-level costs of management changes. We use this framework to compare estimates of future costs of management upgrades against their economic benefits in terms of profit. Results indicate that for most nations, including the top 25 fishing nations, management upgrades outweigh their associated costs. This result is robust to a number of alternative assumptions about costs. Results also suggest that stronger reforms such as rights-based management, although sometimes more expensive to implement, can lead to greater net economic benefits compared to alternatives."

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Blue Economy

Preprint: Hadjimichael, M. A call for a blue degrowth: Unravelling the European Union's fisheries and maritime policies. Marine Policy 94, 158 - 164 (2018).

Communication and Education

OA: Chabanet, P. et al. Impact of the Use of a Teaching Toolbox in an Awareness Campaign on Children's Representations of Coral Reefs. Frontiers in Marine Science 5, (2018).

Community Perceptions and Attitudes

Preprint: Gehrig, S., Schlüter, A. & Jiddawi, N. S. Overlapping identities: The role of village and occupational group for small-scale fishers’ perceptions on environment and governance. Marine Policy96, 100 - 110 (2018).

Conservation Targets & Planning

Preprint: Adams, V. M. et al. Implementation strategies for systematic conservation planning. Ambio (2018). doi:10.1007/s13280-018-1067-2

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Mangin, T. et al. Are fishery management upgrades worth the cost?. PLOS ONE 13, e0204258 (2018).

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)

Preprint: Nikitine, J., Wilson, A. M. W. & Dawson, T. P. Developing a framework for the efficient design and management of large scale marine protected areas. Marine Policy 94, 196 - 203 (2018).

Natural Sciences

OA: Divi, R. V., Strother, J. A. & Paig-Tran, E. W. Misty. Manta rays feed using ricochet separation, a novel nonclogging filtration mechanism. Science Advances 4, eaat9533 (2018).

Preprint: Haggarty, D. R., Shurin, J. B. & K. Yamanaka, L. Assessing population recovery inside British Columbia’s Rockfish Conservation Areas with a remotely operated vehicle. Fisheries Research183, 165 - 179 (2016).

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Pan, Z. et al. Microplastics in the Northwestern Pacific: Abundance, distribution, and characteristics. Science of The Total Environment (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.244


OA: Roth, F. et al. Coral reef degradation affects the potential for reef recovery after disturbance. Marine Environmental Research (In Press). doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.022

OA: Watson, J. R., Armerin, F., Klinger, D. H. & Belton, B. Resilience through risk management: cooperative insurance in small-holder aquaculture systems. Heliyon 4, e00799 (2018).