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  • Currently there is a strong interest in Cuba in improving the performance of the fisheries sector with respect to social, biological, and economic outcomes. The current fishing pressure could have adverse impacts on other valuable ecosystem services that support economic activities such as dive tourism and recreational fishing. This paper explores the potential ecological, social, and economic benefits of adopting fishery cooperatives as a co-management scheme for Cuba's marine fisheries.
  • Cooperative catch shares can be used to meet specific fishery goals in a wide variety of situations. This article, by T. Deacon, provides an overview of the harvester cooperative as a fishery management option and found that cooperative systems can achieve goals that can’t be reached through the use of any single instrument.
  • Sin cuotas de captura, las pesquerías han sufrido sobreexplotación, lo que ha causado altos costos para pescar, pérdida de empleos y el colapso de comunidades pesqueras enteras. Esta infografía muestra el fracaso de la administración tradicional de las pesquerías.
  • This framework helps managers and stakeholders consider and choose appropriate analytical methods and alternative fishery management approaches, based on available data and feasibility constraints. It highlights limitations and considerations for each method and illustrates the use of our framework by presenting case-study examples.
  • Heal the Ocean is about people and communities overcoming serious threats to the ocean, ranging from farm runoff to overfishing. It illustrates the problems besetting the ocean, both current and emerging, starting with the coastal zone and moving out through nearshore waters, the continental shelf, to the open ocean and deep sea. Drawing on the authors own experiences, the book is strongly solutions-oriented.
  • The ecological and biological benefits of catch shares are often studied on a fishery-by-fishery basis. This article, by Branch, T. A., provides a synthesis of a number of studies finding that ITQs (a type of catch share) have had largely positive effects on target species. Desired outcomes were connected to sustainable catch limits and effective enforcement.
  • Healthy, functioning marine ecosystems are critical to the well-being of so called small island developing states (SIDS): these ecosystems contribute to local food security, foster a sense of community and cultural identity, and benefit national economies both directly through the extraction of natural resources and indirectly through tourism-based activities.
  • The major goal of marine reserves is to protect biological diversity and ecosystem functions. Marine reserves should be integrated into stock assessments, catch limits, bycatch reduction policies, and habitat protection measures. One can define this integration to mean the adjustment of marine reserve design and fishery management policies to maximize the benefits of both fisheries and reserves, while minimizing the costs. The potential benefits of marine reserves to fisheries are: insurance against management errors; reference conditions for stock assessments; some measure of bycatch reduction; insurance against extinction of unassessed yet vulnerable species; and some measure of habitat protection. Marine reserves may enhance catch-per-unit-effort and total catches. While displacement of fishing effort and attendant congestion and localized depletion in other areas does not appear to be a problem with small reserves, these issues could become significant if very large reserves are created. Fishing capacity reduction measures and limited entry programs can help to prevent these problems, as well as address one of the fundamental drivers of overfishing and lack of profitability.
  • There is a strong body of good practice that shows how abundant and healthy fish populations support greater social and economic benefits for society. However, one key constraint to recovering fisheries at the pace and scale required has been a lack of capital to finance their transition to sustainability. With the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit (ISU), EDF developed a report which provides a set of tools for designing sustainable fisheries projects in a way that will attract investment from government, philanthropic and private investors.
  • Summer flounder (Paralichthys dentatus) is one of the most economically and ecologically important estuarine-dependent species in the northeastern United States. The status of the population is currently a topic of controversy. Our goal was to assess the potential of using larval abundance at ingress as another fishery independent measure of spawning stock biomass or recruitment.