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  • 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.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • Many tools have been developed to support measuring and evaluating fishery performance. The Fishery Performance Indicators (FPIs), developed by Anderson et al.*, are a flexible assessment tool designed to assess the state of individual fisheries in terms of ecological, economic and social performance. The FPIs can build a holistic understanding of the performance of a fishery and the communities it supports.
  • As linked social-ecological systems, evaluating the socioeconomic outcomes of fisheries management is essential to understanding fishery performance. While a number of tools have been developed in recent years to evaluate social and economic outcomes of fisheries, many require extensive data collection, making them difficult to implement on a large scale, while others rely on existing data, limiting their applicability to data-limited fisheries. This paper describes a novel tool for evaluating and tracking fishery management socioeconomic outcomes by linking outcomes directly to management objectives.
  • Identifying fishery stakeholders and their roles within a fishery system can provide context and inform strategies for implementing sustainable fisheries management. Use this tool to diagnose the major institutions and entities within the fishery system, their influence and their interest in improving fisheries management.
  • This User Guide accompanies the Fishery Systems Mapping Tool. Download this User Guide for detailed instructions on using the Tool.
  • 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.

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