Generic harvest control rules for European fisheries

Froese, Rainer, Branch, Trevor A, Proelß, Alexander, Quaas, Martin, Sainsbury, Keith and Zimmermann, Christopher (2011) Generic harvest control rules for European fisheries Fish and Fisheries, 12 (3). pp. 340-351. DOI 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00387.x.

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In European fisheries, most stocks are overfished and many are below safe biological limits, resulting in a call from the European Commission for new long-term fisheries
management plans. Here, we propose a set of intuitive harvest control rules that are economically sound, compliant with international fishery agreements, based on
relevant international experiences, supportive of ecosystem-based fisheries management and compatible with the biology of the fish stocks. The rules are based on the
concept of maximum sustainable yield (MSY), with a precautionary target biomass that is 30% larger than that which produces MSY and with annual catches of 91%
MSY. Allowable catches decline steeply when stocks fall below MSY levels and are set to zero when stocks fall below half of MSY levels. We show that the proposed
rules could have prevented the collapse of the North Sea herring in the 1970s and that they can deal with strong cyclic variations in recruitment such as known for
blue whiting. Compared to the current system, these rules would lead to higher long-term catches from larger stocks at lower cost and with less adverse environmental impact.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Ichthyology; European fisheries, harvest control rules, maximum sustainable yield, overfishing, precautionary principle
Research affiliation: OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R03
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB3 Marine Ecology > FB3-EV Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Fishes
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1111/j.1467-2979.2010.00387.x
ISSN: 1467-2960
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2010 11:29
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 18:05

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