Towards the implementation of an integrated ecosystem fleet-based management of European fisheries

Type Article
Date 2012-09
Language English
Author(s) Gascuel Didier1, Merino G.2, Doering R.3, Druon Jean-Noel4, Goti L.5, Guenette S.1, Macher ClaireORCID6, Soma K.7, Travers-Trolet MorganeORCID8, Mackinson Steve9
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Europeenne Bretagne, UMR Ecol & Sante Ecosyst, Pole Halieut Agrocampus Ouest, F-35042 Rennes, France.
2 : Plymouth Marine Lab, Plymouth PL1 3DH, Devon, England.
3 : Inst Sea Fisheries, Johann Heinrich von Thunen Fed Res Inst, D-22767 Hamburg, Germany.
4 : Joint Res Ctr, Commiss European Communities, IPSC, Maritime Affairs Unit, I-21027 Ispra, Italy.
5 : Neike Tecnalia, Basque Inst Agr Res & Dev, E-01080 Vitoria, Spain.
6 : IFREMER, Dept Econ Maritime, UMR Amure, Ctr Brest, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
7 : LEI Wageningen UR, NL-2502 LS The Hague, Netherlands.
8 : IFREMER, Lab Ressources Halieut, F-62321 Boulogne Sur Mer, France.
9 : CEFAS, Lowestoft NR33 0HT, Suffolk, England.
Source Marine Policy (0308-597X) (Elsevier Sci Ltd), 2012-09 , Vol. 36 , N. 5 , P. 1022-1032
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2012.02.008
WOS© Times Cited 34
Keyword(s) Ecosystem approach, Economic performance, Fisheries management, Fleet, Indicator, Sustainable development
Abstract Using the Celtic Sea and the North Sea as case studies, the fleet-based approach is shown to be the pathway to implement an effective ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) in European seas. First, a diagnostic on the health of each ecosystem is proposed based on the reconstruction of long time-series of catch, the analysis of mean indicators or stocks trajectories derived from ICES stock assessment results, and the analysis of ecosystem indicators. Then, a fleet-based synthesis is presented using indicators of both the ecological impact and the economic performances of the major fleets operating within each ecosystem. In particular, assessment diagrams show whether each fleet segment, on average, sustainably exploits the stocks. Although results are preliminary due to the poor quality of available data, the analysis shows that simple indicators can be estimated and clearly highlight contrasts between fleet segments. Such an approach contributes to the evolution from a stock-based to a fleet-based management, which reflects the ecological, economical and social pillars of the sustainable development of fisheries.
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Gascuel Didier, Merino G., Doering R., Druon Jean-Noel, Goti L., Guenette S., Macher Claire, Soma K., Travers-Trolet Morgane, Mackinson Steve (2012). Towards the implementation of an integrated ecosystem fleet-based management of European fisheries. Marine Policy, 36(5), 1022-1032. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :