Fisheries management

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (1997) Fisheries management. Rome, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, (FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries, 4)

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Abstract

These Guidelines have been produced to support the implementation of Article 7 of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries, with some reference to Article 12. They are addressed primarily to the decision-makers within fisheries management authorities and other interest groups, including fishing companies, fishers' organizations, concerned non-governmental organizations and others. The Guidelines provide a background to the need for fisheries management and an introduction to the activities encompassed by fisheries management. They introduce the major constraints experienced in fisheries and fisheries management and some of the fundamental concepts related to these. Biological, environmental, technological, socio-cultural and economic constraints and concepts are examined. Information is fundamental to responsible fisheries management and these Guidelines put emphasis on the range of data required for informed decisionmaking and examine aspects of the collection and interpretation of these data. Data are discussed in terms of three suggested scales in fisheries management: fisheries policy and development planning, formulation of management plans and implementation of management action. The range of possible management actions is outlined. This includes technical measures, such as gear restrictions, and more direct approaches in the form of direct catch limitation or effort limitation. The problems associated with open access fisheries are explained and comments made on the means to limit access and obstacles which may be encountered in this process. Finally, the Guidelines examine the management process. This section covers the process of agreeing on a management plan for a fishery, including the need for consultation and, where appropriate, cooperative decision-making. The need for periodic review of management plans is stressed. The importance of an effective legal framework, institutional and administrative structures and monitoring control and surveillance are described. (PDF contains 91 pages)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Fisheries management
Corporate Creator/Author: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Series Name: FAO Technical Guidelines for Responsible Fisheries
Number: 4
Date: 1997
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Place of Publication: Rome
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fisheries management
Subjects: Management
Fisheries
Item ID: 2877
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2010 13:31
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 18:17
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/2877

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