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  • This program is a model for managing mobile nearshore species through a coordinated system of co-management between federal and regional governments and local fishermen organizations.
  • 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.
  • Ocean policies around the world increasingly emphasize the importance of maintaining resilient ocean ecosystems, communities, and economies. To maintain and restore the resilience of healthy marine ecosystems in practice, specific management objectives with metrics and a policy framework for how to apply them will be needed. Here we present a concept for doing this, based on evidence that marine ecosystems transition from desirable to less desirable states in response to a number of physical, chemical, and biological drivers.
  • Es una guía desarrollada exclusivamente por EDF que provee información especializada de diseño para programas de Manejo Compartido por Cuotas. Basado en la experiencia de alrededor de 30 expertos pesqueros de todo el mundo, con la finalidad de facilitar a cualquier persona interesada en el tema, un amplio panorama sobre las distintas opciones de un programa de cuotas y sobre cómo éstas pueden ser adaptadas a una gran variedad de pesquerías.
  • As of 2013, about 200 catch share programs exist worldwide, managing more than 500 different species in 40 countries. This map shows the number of species by country that are managed under catch shares.
  • Twenty to 25% of global landings by volume and 15-20% by value are managed under catch shares. This infographic illustrates where catch shares exist around the world as well as the number of programs and species managed under catch shares in each country.
  • Hasta el 2013, en el mundo existen cerca de 200 programas de manejo compartido por cuotas que incluyen a más de 500 especies en 40 países. Este mapa muestra el número de especies por país que se manejan bajo programas de manejo compartido por cuotas.
  • The Fishery Characterization Guide helps stakeholders gather contextual information important for developing knowledge of a fishery. This mapping activity is designed to support data collection for the Fishery Characterization Guide.
  • The metapopulation concept is her4e to stay in marine ecology. Science demands it, fisheries management needs it, and it is the last hope for marine conservation. The convergence of marine and terrestrial ecologists present in this book ushers in a new era of unified approach to wet and dry ecosystems simultaneously, even as it marks the most important milestone of marine ecology in more than 50 years.
  • Marine and fisheries scientists are increasingly using metapopulation concepts to better understand and model their focal systems. Consequently, they are considering what defines a metapopulation. The authors contrast metapopulations with other spatially structured populations that differ in the degree of local closure of their component populations. They conclude with consideration of the implications of metapopulation structure for spatially explicit management, particularly the design of marine protected area networks.

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