Considerations for management strategy evaluation for small pelagic fishes

Type Article
Date 2021-11
Language English
Author(s) Siple Margaret C.ORCID1, Koehn Laura E.ORCID1, Johnson Kelli F.ORCID2, Punt André E.ORCID1, Canales T. MariellaORCID3, Carpi PieraORCID4, de Moor Carryn L.ORCID5, de Oliveira José Aa6, Gao JinORCID7, Jacobsen Nis S.ORCID8, Lam Mimi E.ORCID9, 10, Licandeo RobertoORCID10, Lindegren MartinORCID8, Ma ShuyangORCID11, Óskarsson Guðmundur J.12, Sanchez‐maroño SoniaORCID13, Smoliński SzymonORCID14, 15, Surma SzymonORCID10, Tian Yongjun11, 16, Tommasi DesireeORCID17, Gutiérrez T. MarianoORCID18, 19, Trenkel VerenaORCID20, Zador Stephani G.ORCID21, Zimmermann FabianORCID15
Affiliation(s) 1 : School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences University of Washington Seattle WA ,USA
2 : Northwest Fisheries Science Center National Marine Fisheries Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Seattle WA ,USA
3 : Center of Applied Ecology and Sustainability (CAPES) Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Santiago ,Chile
4 : International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Seattle WA ,USA
5 : Marine Resource Assessment and Management (MARAM) Group Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics University of Cape Town Rondebosch ,South Africa
6 : Lowestoft Laboratory Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Lowestoft ,UK
7 : Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystems Research Fisheries and Marine Institute Memorial University of Newfoundland St. John’s NL ,Canada
8 : National Institute of Aquatic Resources Technical University of Denmark Lyngby, Denmark
9 : Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities University of Bergen Bergen, Norway
10 : Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory University of British Columbia Vancouver BC ,Canada
11 : Frontiers Science Center for Deep Ocean Multispheres and Earth System and College of Fisheries Ocean University of China Qingdao ,China
12 : Marine and Freshwater Research Institute Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
13 : AZTI, Marine Research Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) Pasaia, Spain
14 : Department of Fisheries Resources National Marine Fisheries Research Institute Gdynia ,Poland
15 : Institute of Marine Research Bergen, Norway
16 : Laboratory for Marine Fisheries Science and Food Production Processes Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology Qingdao ,China
17 : Institute of Marine Sciences Southwest Fisheries Science Center National Marine Fisheries Service National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration University of California Santa Cruz Santa Cruz CA ,USA
18 : Humboldt Institute of Marine and Aquaculture Research (IHMA) Lima, Peru
19 : Universidad Nacional Federico Villarreal Lima, USA
20 : Ifremer, Nantes, France
21 : Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management Division Alaska Fisheries Science Center National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Seattle WA ,USA
Source Fish And Fisheries (1467-2960) (Wiley), 2021-11 , Vol. 22 , N. 6 , P. 1167-1186
DOI 10.1111/faf.12579
WOS© Times Cited 18
Keyword(s) closed-loop simulation, ecosystem-based fisheries management, forage fish, management procedure, population dynamics

Management strategy evaluation (MSE) is the state-of-the-art approach for testing and comparing management strategies in a way that accounts for multiple sources of uncertainty (e.g. monitoring, estimation, and implementation). Management strategy evaluation can help identify management strategies that are robust to uncertainty about the life history of the target species and its relationship to other species in the food web. Small pelagic fish (e.g. anchovy, herring and sardine) fulfil an important ecological role in marine food webs and present challenges to the use of MSE and other simulation-based evaluation approaches. This is due to considerable stochastic variation in their ecology and life history, which leads to substantial observation and process uncertainty. Here, we summarize the current state of MSE for small pelagic fishes worldwide. We leverage expert input from ecologists and modellers to draw attention to sources of process and observation uncertainty for small pelagic species, providing examples from geographical regions where these species are ecologically, economically and culturally important. Temporal variation in recruitment and other life-history rates, spatial structure and movement, and species interactions are key considerations for small pelagic fishes. We discuss tools for building these into the MSE process, with examples from existing fisheries. We argue that model complexity should be informed by management priorities and whether ecosystem information will be used to generate dynamics or to inform reference points. We recommend that our list of considerations be used in the initial phases of the MSE process for small pelagic fishes or to build complexity on existing single-species models.

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Siple Margaret C., Koehn Laura E., Johnson Kelli F., Punt André E., Canales T. Mariella, Carpi Piera, de Moor Carryn L., de Oliveira José Aa, Gao Jin, Jacobsen Nis S., Lam Mimi E., Licandeo Roberto, Lindegren Martin, Ma Shuyang, Óskarsson Guðmundur J., Sanchez‐maroño Sonia, Smoliński Szymon, Surma Szymon, Tian Yongjun, Tommasi Desiree, Gutiérrez T. Mariano, Trenkel Verena, Zador Stephani G., Zimmermann Fabian (2021). Considerations for management strategy evaluation for small pelagic fishes. Fish And Fisheries, 22(6), 1167-1186. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :