Ecoviability for ecosystem-based fisheries management

Reconciling food security, economic development and biodiversity conservation is a key challenge, especially in the face of the demographic transition characterizing many countries in the world. Fisheries and marine ecosystems constitute a difficult application of this bio-economic challenge. Many experts and scientists advocate an ecosystem approach to manage marine socio-ecosystems for their sustainability and resilience. However, the ways by which to operationalize ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM) remain poorly specified. We propose a specific methodological framework—viability modelling—to do so. We show how viability modelling can be applied using four contrasted case-studies: two small-scale fisheries in South America and Pacific and two larger-scale fisheries in Europe and Australia.


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Doyen, L., Béné, C., Bertignac, M., Blanchard, F., Cissé, A.A., Dichmont, C., Gourguet, S., Guyader, O., Hardy, P.Y., Jennings, S., Little, L.R., Macher, C., Mills, D.J., Noussair, A., Pascoe, S., Pereau, J.C., Sanz, N., Schwarz, A.M., Smith, T., Thébaud, O. (2017)
Fish and Fisheries, online first 14 June
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