Delivering sustainable fisheries through adoption of a risk-based framework as part of an ecosystem approach to fisheries management

Andrew J. Kenny, Neil Campbell, Mariano Koen-Alonso, Pierre Pepin, Daniela Diz

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Recently, the role which fisheries play in the provision of marine ecosystem services has been more widely acknowledged, largely as a result in recent years of fisheries management organisations developing and adopting more ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management (EAFM). Accordingly, several important management and science challenges have been identified. We argue that these challenges represent a number of important steps which underpin effective science based fisheries management, and when taken together and integrated, offer a logical framework by which to best achieve an EAFM. The challenges, or steps of the framework, identified and described are, i. defining appropriate spatial management units based upon significant and coherent ecosystem production processes, ii. assessing multi-species stock dynamics, iii. developing mixed fisheries management approaches, and iv. assessing the impacts of fisheries on non-target species and ecosystem components. The paper considers how the knowledge gained from research on these challenges can be applied to a risk-based management framework as an essential step towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 with respect to the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources for sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-240
Number of pages9
JournalMarine Policy
Early online date16 May 2017
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2018


  • fisheries
  • marine ecosystem
  • sustainability

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