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  • Without catch shares, fisheries have suffered from dramatic overfishing, resulting in high fishing costs, extensive job loss, and crumbling fishing communities. This infographic depicts the failures of conventional fisheries management.
  • We estimated pelagic larval duration (PLD) and age from the otolith microstructure of post-larval and juvenile gag, Mycteroperca microlepis (Goode and Bean, 1879). These estimates were used to: (1) estimate spawning periods; (2) evaluate lunar periodicity in spawning; (3) assess relationships between PLD and fertilization date, ingress date, capture date, and size at capture; and (4) compare juvenile growth rates in two consecutive years and with rates determined in previous studies. Our findings support the timing (January–April) of fishing closures on aggregations of spawning gag in the southeast US and suggest that post-settlement survival is not linked to PLD.
  • The Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE) equips fishery managers with a low-cost and highly effective online resource to assess and sustainably manage their data-limited fishery. FISHE simplifies the intricate fishery assessment process by walking users through a structured step-by-step framework that combines multiple methods. This webinar will walk users through the FISHE framework and describe how EDF has worked in Belize to implement this data-limited approach. Visit the tool: fishe.edf.org
  • The Framework for Integrated Stock and Habitat Evaluation (FISHE) is a step-by-step process for providing scientific guidance for the management of data-limited fisheries.
  • Although billions of dollars of investment go into fisheries every year, very little is directed to making fishing more sustainable. Access tools and resources for investors and others interested in attracting new and more sustainable private capital to support the transition to sustainable fisheries globally.
  • Successful fisheries management is dependent upon timely data collection and analysis. A guide to evaluate, design and implement an effective fishery monitoring program that incorporates electronic monitoring and electronic reporting tools.
  • Strong and well-designed fisheries law and policy and an effective governance system are critical to ensuring durable sustainable fisheries. This tool helps determine the efficacy, strengths and weaknesses of fisheries policy and the governance system.
  • This User Guide accompanies the Fishery Policy & Governance Analysis. Download this User Guide for detailed instructions on using the Tool.
  • Building familiarity with the basic characteristics of a fishery, such as information on the ecosystem, species landed and sociocultural characteristics of nearby communities, is critical to understanding fishery context. This tool is used to collect general information and contextual data from sites before designing and implementing and fishery management approach.
  • 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.