The Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries

Workshop Proceedings

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Rebuilding fisheries is a key challenge for many countries as some stocks are in a poor state while others are depleted.  In May 2009, economists, biologists, fisheries managers and policy makers participated in an OECD Workshop on the Economics of Rebuilding Fisheries. The workshop was designed to identify and analyse economic uncertainties, policy issues, biological conditions and information constraints, and to review the role of key players in program delivery. This conference proceedings presents an overview of the major economic and institutional issues associated with rebuilding fisheries and provides examples of national and international initiatives.



Information issues and constraints in the design and implementation of stock rebuilding programs

Rebuilding programs for overexploited fish stocks are developed from identification of overfishing and depletion to the implementation of management measures to reduce fishing mortality and improve selectivity, to monitoring and adjustment of those measures based on performance. At each stage of a rebuilding program there are specific needs for scientific information and advice to guide management. Here we consider two case studies, North Sea cod and George's Bank groundfish and describe the development and implementation of their rebuilding programs and the information needs that enabled them. We conclude with a general framework for science advice for rebuilding plans.


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