Integrating economics into fisheries science and advice: progress, needs, and future opportunities

Type Article
Date 2023-05
Language English
Author(s) Thébaud OlivierORCID1, Nielsen J R2, Motova A3, Curtis H3, Bastardie F2, Blomqvist G E4, Daures FabienneORCID1, Goti L5, Holzer J6, Innes J7, Muench A8, Murillas AORCID9, Nielsen R10, Rosa R11, Thunberg E12, Villasante S13, Virtanen J14, Waldo SORCID15, Agnarsson S16, Castilla espino D17, Curtin R18, Depiper GORCID19, Doering R5, Ellefsen H20, García del hoyo J J17, Gourguet SophieORCID1, Greene P21, Hamon K G22, Haynie AORCID23, Kellner J B23, 24, Kuikka S25, Le gallic B26, Macher ClaireORCID1, Prellezo RORCID27, Santiago castro-Rial J28, Sys K29, Van oostenbrugge H30, Vastenhoud B M JORCID2
Affiliation(s) 1 : Ifremer, Univ Brest, CNRS, UMR 6308, AMURE, Unité d'Economie Maritime, IUEM , F-29280 Plouzané , France
2 : National Institute of Aquatic Resources, Technical University of Denmark , Kgs., Lyngby, DK-2800 , Denmark
3 : Seafish, 18 Logie Mill , Logie Green Road, Edinburgh EH7 4HS , UK
4 : The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management , Box 11930, SE 404 39 Göteborg , Sweden
5 : Thuenen-Institute of Sea Fisheries , Herwigstr. 31, 27575 Bremerhaven , Germany
6 : Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Maryland , 2200 Symons Hall, College Park, MD 20742 , USA
7 : Independent Consultant , 41001 Sevilla , Spain
8 : Cefas , Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR33 0HT , UK
9 : AZTI, Marine Research, Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA) , Txatxarramendi ugartea z/g, Sukarrieta 48395 , Spain
10 : Department of Food and Resource Economics, Copenhagen University , Frederiksberg, DK-1958 , Denmark
11 : Univ Coimbra, CeBER, Faculty of Economics , Av Dias da Silva 165, 3004-512 Coimbra , Portugal
12 : NOAA Fisheries , Silver Spring, MD 20910 , USA
13 : Department of Applied Economics, CRETUS, University of Santiago de Compostela , Santiago de Compostela 15782 , Spain
14 : European Joint Research Centre , Ispra, Lombardia 21027 , Italy
15 : Department of Economics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) , Lund 221 00 , Sweden
16 : School of Business, University of Iceland , Oddi, Sturlugotu 3, 102 Reykjavik , Iceland
17 : Departamento de Economia, Universidad de Huelva , Huelva, Andalucía 21007 , Spain
18 : Bord Iascaigh Mhara , Crofton Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin A96 E5A0 , Ireland
19 : NOAA Fisheries, Northeast Fisheries Science Center , 166 Water Street, MB 19, Woods Hole, MA 02543 , USA
20 : The University of the Faroe Islands , Tórshavn 110 , FO
21 : Marine Scotland Science , Aberdeen AB11 9DB , UK
22 : Wageningen Economic Research , The Hague 6708PB , Netherlands
23 : International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) , 1553 Copenhagen V , Denmark
24 : Biology Department, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution , Woods Hole, MA 02543 , USA
25 : Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki , Viikinkaari 1, Helsinki, FI 00014 , Finland
26 : Univ Brest, Ifremer, CNRS, UMR 6308, AMURE, IUEM , F-29280 Plouzané , France
27 : AZTI, Marine Research , Txatxarramendi Ugartea Z/G, Sukarrieta, Bizkaia, ES 48395 , Spain
28 : Centro Tecnológico del Mar—Fundación CETMAR, Fisheries Socioeconomics , Eduardo Cabello s/n, Vigo, Pontevedra, ES 36208 , Spain
29 : Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Social Sciences, Merelbeke, East Flanders 9820, Belgium
30 : LEI, Fisheries Unit, The Hague 2595BM, Netherlands
Source Ices Journal Of Marine Science (1054-3139) (Oxford University Press (OUP)), 2023-05 , Vol. 80 , N. 4 , P. 647-663
DOI 10.1093/icesjms/fsad005
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Keyword(s) applied fisheries economics, interdisciplinary fisheries science, management decision support, policy advice

While the science supporting fisheries management has generally been dominated by the natural sciences, there has been a growing recognition that managing fisheries essentially means managing economic systems. Indeed, over the past seven decades, economic ideas and insights have increasingly come to play a role in fisheries management and policy. As an illustration of this, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has been actively seeking to expand the scope of its scientific expertise beyond natural sciences [another inter-governmental marine science organization which has done this over the same period is the North Pacific Marine Science organization (PICES)]. In particular, the recently created ICES Working Group on Economics set out to review current work and key future needs relating to economic research and management advice on marine capture fisheries. This article presents the results of this review and addresses how economic research can be incorporated into the science of ICES to provide integrated perspectives on fisheries systems that can contribute to the provision of advice in support of policy development and management decision-making for sustainable uses of living marine resources.

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Thébaud Olivier, Nielsen J R, Motova A, Curtis H, Bastardie F, Blomqvist G E, Daures Fabienne, Goti L, Holzer J, Innes J, Muench A, Murillas A, Nielsen R, Rosa R, Thunberg E, Villasante S, Virtanen J, Waldo S, Agnarsson S, Castilla espino D, Curtin R, Depiper G, Doering R, Ellefsen H, García del hoyo J J, Gourguet Sophie, Greene P, Hamon K G, Haynie A, Kellner J B, Kuikka S, Le gallic B, Macher Claire, Prellezo R, Santiago castro-Rial J, Sys K, Van oostenbrugge H, Vastenhoud B M J (2023). Integrating economics into fisheries science and advice: progress, needs, and future opportunities. Ices Journal Of Marine Science, 80(4), 647-663. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :