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A collection of papers taken from the vast body of overseas literature on fisheries management. Our purpose here is to find examples, case studies and 'lesson's learned' in fisheries management from around the world which can help us to understand our New Zealand fisheries management challenges. The state of the world's fisheries and ocean ecosystems is a serious concern worldwide and there are many parallels with issues we now face in New Zealand.

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This file has a .pdf extensionShrinking Fish
Author(s): David Conover

Fisheries scientist David Conover is leading the most extensive laboratory study to date on the effects of size-selective harvesting in fish stocks. Results have been striking - in five generations of this kind of selection, the different categories of fish greatly diverged in characteristics.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionTowards Sustainability in World Fisheries
Author(s): Daniel Pauly

Fisheries have rarely been ‘sustainable’. Rather, fishing has induced serial depletions, long masked by improved technology, geographic expansion and exploitation of previously spurned species lower in the food web. With global catches declining since the late 1980s, continuation of present trends will lead to supply shortfall, for which aquaculture cannot be expected to compensate, and may well exacerbate. Reducing fishing capacity to appropriate levels will require strong reductions of subsidies. Zoning the oceans into unfished marine reserves and areas with limited levels of fishing effort would allow sustainable fisheries, based on resources embedded in functional, diverse ecosystems.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionWhere can Marine Reserves Improve Fisheries Management?
Author(s): Ray Hilborn

Marine reserves are a promising tool for fisheries management and conservation of biodiversity, but they are not a panacea for fisheries management problems. Their successful use requires a case-by-case understanding of the spatial structure of impacted fisheries, ecosystems and human communities. Marine reserves, together with other fishery management tools, can help achieve broad fishery and biodiversity objectives, but their use will require careful
planning and evaluation.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionComparing Designs of Marine Reserves for Fisheries and for Biodiversity
Author(s): Alan Hastings

This report compares and contrasts the design of networks of marine reserves for two different, commonly stated goals: (1) maintaining high yield in fisheries and (2) conserving biodiversity, in an idealized setting using simple models. It is initially demonstrated that cost considerations dictate that the conservation goal would be best met by reserves as large as practically possible. In contrast, the fisheries goal of maximizing yield requires that reserves should be as small as practically possible. Meeting the fisheries goal is ultimately more costly because it suggests a larger area of the coastline should be in reserves, but it also improves on conservation goals by enhancing sustainability for species dispersing longer distances.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionEco-system Based Fisheries Management
Author(s): Ecosystem Principles Advisory Panel

Ecosystem-based management can be an important complement to existing fisheries management approaches. When fisheries managers understand the complex ecological and socioeconomic environments in which fish and fisheries exist, they may be able to anticipate the effects that fishery management will have on the ecosystem and the effects that ecosystem change will have on fisheries. This report explores how such an approach could be incorporated into fisheries management and the guiding principles which could form elements of an eco-system based management of fisheries.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionIncorporating No-Take Marine Reserves into Precautionary Management and Stock Assessment
Author(s): James Bohnsack

No-take marine reserves offer a conservative, ecologically and habitat based, tool for fishery management. They can support sustainable fisheries by providing significant protection of species composition, abundance, size and age structure, fecundity and spawning potential. They offer particular potential for protecting stock genetics from detrimental selective effects of fishing and are ideal for species with few available data or that have little economic importance. Marine reserves also provide essential reference areas to assess fishing effects, interspecies interactions, and environmental effects on stocks. Although few exist, they are being created at an accelerated rate worldwide.

Added to archive on 06/15/2007 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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This file has a .pdf extensionSpeech: Saving The Seas
Author(s): Tundi Agardy

Speech on US marine policy thus far

Added to archive on 12/10/2006 and placed in the following categories: Fisheries Management International |

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