Comment on "Purported flaws in management strategy evaluation: basic problems or misinterpretation?" by Butterworth et al.

Type Article
Date 2010-04
Language English
Author(s) Rochet Marie-Joelle1, Rice Jake C.2
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Dept Ecol & Modeles Halieut, Nantes 03, France.
2 : Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4, Canada.
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford University Press), 2010-04 , Vol. 67 , N. 3 , P. 575-576
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsq006
WOS© Times Cited 2
Keyword(s) decision-making, distribution models, management strategy evaluation
Abstract Simulation-based management strategy evaluation is a valuable tool, when appropriately implemented. Implementation, however, may not always have been appropriate, and some reasons are provided why perhaps there is incomplete faith in certain of its technical aspects, such as knowing the distribution of the parameters of population processes from the information in limited datasets. A management strategy that has been evaluated by simulation should not be used as an "autopilot", because even the most competent of experts can develop autopilots with imperfect and incomplete knowledge of reality, and all information should be incorporated when decisions have to be made.
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