Multi-species and multi-interest management: An ecosystem approach to market squid (Loligo opalescens) harvest in California

Hastings, Sean and MacWilliams, Sarah (1999) Multi-species and multi-interest management: An ecosystem approach to market squid (Loligo opalescens) harvest in California. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA/National Ocean Service/Marine Sanctuaries Division, (Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series, MSD-99)

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Abstract

Market squid (Loligo opalescens) plays a vital role in the California ecosystem and serves as a major link in the food chain as both a predator and prey species. For over a century, market squid has also been harvested off the California coast from Monterey to San Pedro. Expanding global markets, coupled with a decline in squid product from other parts of the world, in recent years has fueled rapid expansion of the virtually unregulated California fishery. Lack of regulatory management, in combination with dramatic increases in fishing effort and landings, has raised numerous concerns from the scientific, fishing, and regulatory communities. In an effort to address these concerns, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) hosted a panel discussion at the October 1997 California Cooperative Oceanic and Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) Conference; it focused on ecosystem management implications for the burgeoning market squid fishery. Both panel and audience members addressed issues such as: the direct and indirect effects of commercial harvesting upon squid biomass; the effects of harvest and the role of squid in the broader marine community; the effects of environmental variation on squid population dynamics; the sustainability of the fishery from the point of view of both scientists and the fishers themselves; and the conservation management options for what is currently an open access and unregulated fishery. Herein are the key points of the ecosystem management panel discussion in the form of a preface, an executive summary, and transcript. (PDF contains 33 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Multi-species and multi-interest management: An ecosystem approach to market squid (Loligo opalescens) harvest in California
Personal Creator/Author:
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Hastings, Sean
MacWilliams, Sarah
Series Name: Marine Sanctuaries Conservation Series
Number: MSD-99
Date: 1999
Publisher: NOAA/National Ocean Service/Marine Sanctuaries Division
Place of Publication: Silver Spring, MD
Issuing Agency: United States National Ocean Service
Uncontrolled Keywords: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Market squid; Loligo opalescens, Ecosystem management; California Cooperative Oceanic and Fisheries Investigations; Fishery management; Squid fishery
Subjects: Conservation
Ecology
Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2365
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2009 23:33
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 19:13
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2365

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