How to Sustain Fisheries: Expert Knowledge from 34 Nations

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For the week of 04 February 2019

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Water has published, How to Sustain Fisheries: Expert Knowledge from 34 Nations, "Ensuring productive and sustainable fisheries involves understanding the complex interactions between biology, environment, politics, management and governance. Fisheries are faced with a range of challenges, and without robust and careful management in place, levels of anthropogenic disturbance on ecosystems and fisheries are likely to have a continuous negative impact on biodiversity and fish stocks worldwide. Fisheries management agencies, therefore, need to be both efficient and effective in working towards long-term sustainable ecosystems and fisheries, while also being resilient to political and socioeconomic pressures. Marine governance, i.e., the processes of developing and implementing decisions over fisheries, often has to account for socioeconomic issues (such as unemployment and business developments) when they attract political attention and resources. This paper addresses the challenges of (1) identifying the main issues in attempting to ensure the sustainability of fisheries, and (2) how to bridge the gap between scientific knowledge and governance of marine systems. Utilising data gained from a survey of marine experts from 34 nations, we found that the main challenges perceived by fisheries experts were overfishing, habitat destruction, climate change and a lack of political will. Measures suggested to address these challenges did not demand any radical change, but included extant approaches, including ecosystem-based fisheries management with particular attention to closures, gear restrictions, use of individual transferable quotas (ITQs) and improved compliance, monitoring and control."

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Aquaculture, Seafood, and Food Security

OA: Teh, L. C. L. et al. The role of human rights in implementing socially responsible seafood. PLOS ONE 14, e0210241 (2019).

Built Environment

OA: Loke, L. H. L., Heery, E. C., Lai, S., Bouma, T. J. & Todd, P. A. Area-Independent Effects of Water-Retaining Features on Intertidal Biodiversity on Eco-Engineered Seawalls in the Tropics. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, (2019).

Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and Ocean Warming

OA: Harvell, C. D. et al. Disease epidemic and a marine heat wave are associated with the continental-scale collapse of a pivotal predator. Science Advances 5, eaau7042 (2019).

Conservation Targets & Planning

OA: Domisch, S. et al. Social equity shapes zone-selection: Balancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services delivery in the transboundary Danube River Basin. Science of The Total Environment 656, 797 - 807 (2019).


OA: Trifonova, N., Karnauskas, M. & Kelble, C. Predicting ecosystem components in the Gulf of Mexico and their responses to climate variability with a dynamic Bayesian network model. PLOS ONE 14, e0209257 (2019).

Ecosystem Services and Uses

OA: Okada, T. et al. Method for the quantitative evaluation of ecosystem services in coastal regions. PeerJ 6, e6234 (2019).

Fisheries and Fisheries Management

OA: Nilsson, J. A., Fulton, E. A., Johnson, C. R. & Haward, M. How to Sustain Fisheries: Expert Knowledge from 34 Nations. Water 11, 213 (2019).

OA: Stafford, R. & Deming, J. W. Sustainability: A flawed concept for fisheries management?. Elem Sci Anth 7, (2019).

Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP)

OA: Maritime Spatial Planning. (Springer International Publishing, 2019). doi:10.1007/978-3-319-98696-8

Pollution and Marine Debris

OA: Roman, L., Bell, E., Wilcox, C., Hardesty, B. Denise & Hindell, M. Ecological drivers of marine debris ingestion in Procellariiform Seabirds. Scientific Reports 9, (2019).

Sea-level Rise, Coastal Flooding, and Storm Events

OA: Hieronymus, M., Dieterich, C., Andersson, H. & Hordoir, R. The effects of mean sea level rise and strengthened winds on extreme sea levels in the Baltic Sea. Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters 8, 366 - 371 (2018).

Tools and Data

OA: Asaad, I., Lundquist, C. J., Erdmann, M. V. & Costello, M. J. An interactive atlas for marine biodiversity conservation in the Coral Triangle. Earth System Science Data 11, 163 - 174 (2019).