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Management Science in Fisheries

An introduction to simulation-based methods, 1st Edition

Edited by Charles T.T. Edwards, Dorothy J. Dankel


460 pages | 149 B/W Illus.

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A key goal of fisheries management is to regulate extractive pressure on a resource so as to ensure social, economic and ecological sustainability. This text provides an accessible entry point for students and professionals to management science as developed in fisheries, in order to facilitate uptake of the latest ideas and methods.

Traditional management approaches have relied upon a stock assessment based on existing understanding of resource status and dynamics, and a prediction of the likely future response to a static management proposal. However all such predictions include an inherent degree of uncertainty, and the last few decades have seen the emergence of an adaptive approach that uses feedback control to account for unknown future behaviour. Feedback is achieved via a control rule, which defines a relationship between perceived status of the resource and a management action. Evaluations of such rules usually include computer simulation testing across a broad range of uncertainties, so that an appropriate and robust rule can be selected by stakeholders and managers. The book focuses on this approach, which is usually referred to as Management Strategy Evaluation.

The book is enriched by case study examples from different parts of the world, as well as insights into the theory and practice from those actively involved in the science of fisheries management.


"I have seen the value, over the years, of bringing management science and fisheries together, and this book meets the challenge of making that connection in a comprehensive manner. The book will undoubtedly help many more fishery people to become familiar with the ideas, methods and results of management science." – from the Foreword, by Anthony Charles, Director, School of the Environment, and Professor, School of Business, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada

"This book is a fantastic set of case studies and overview chapters on how fisheries are actually managed, and the tools that are used. It provides both introductory and in depth chapters on the application of quantitative methods to the management of fisheries. The case studies by a stellar cast of scientists provide in-depth analysis of some of the most interesting, and difficult fisheries management problems. Both novice and experienced fisheries scientists will find a great deal of valuable information in this book." – Ray Hilborn, Professor, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Table of Contents


Anthony Charles

Part 1: An Introduction to Fisheries Management Science

1. Fishery Systems and the Role of Management Science

Dorothy J. Dankel and Charles T.T. Edwards

2. Feedback Control and Adaptive Management in Fisheries

Charles T.T. Edwards

3. The Practical Evaluation of Feedback Control Strategies

Katell G. Hamon and Jan-Jaap Poos

Part 2: Evaluating the Feedback Control of Exploitation

4. Conservation and Yield Performance of Harvest Control Rules for the Transboundary Pacific Hake Fishery in U.S. and Canadian Waters

Allan C. Hicks, Sean P. Cox, Nathan Taylor, Ian G. Taylor, Chris Grandin and Jim Ianelli

5. Model-based Management Procedures for the Sablefish Fishery in British Columbia, Canada

Sean P. Cox and A. Robert Kronlund

6. Management Procedures for New Zealand Rock Lobster Stocks

Paul A. Breen, Nokome Bentley, Vivian Haist, Paul J. Starr and Daryl R. Sykes

7. Fisheries Management for Regime-based Recruitment: Lessons from a Management Strategy Evaluation for the Fishery for Snow Crab in the Eastern Bering Sea

Cody S. Szuwalski and André E. Punt

8. Managing International Tuna Stocks via the Management Procedure Approach: Southern Bluefin Tuna Example

Richard. M. Hillary, A. Preece, C. R. Davies, H. Kurota, O. Sakai, T. Itoh, A. Parma, Douglas S. Butterworth, Jim Ianelli, and T. A. Branch

9. Stakeholder-centered Development of a Harvest Control Rule for Lake Erie Walleye

Michael L. Jones, Matthew J. Catalano, Lisa K. Peterson and Aaron M. Berger

10. Northern Prawn Fishery

Catherine M. Dichmont, André E. Punt, Roy A. Deng,Sean Pascoe and Rik C. Buckworth

11. South African Sardine and Anchovy

Carryn L. de Moor and Douglas S. Butterworth

12. North Sea Haddock: The EU-Norway Management Procedure Evaluation

Coby L. Needle

Part 3:Perspectives on Fisheries Management Science

13. Empirical and Model-based Control Rules

Richard M Hillary

14. Developing Control Rules for Threatened Bycatch Species

Jeffrey E. Moore and K. Alexandra Curtis

15. Using Simulation Evaluation to Account for Ecosystem Considerations in Fisheries Management

Éva E. Plagányi

16. Incorporating Spatial Population Structure into the Assessment-management Interface of Marine Resources

Daniel R. Goethel, Lisa A. Kerr and Steven X. Cadrin

17. The Quantification and Presentation of Risk

Laurence T. Kell, Polina Levontin, C. Davies, M. Maunder, G. Pilling and R. Sharma

18. Introduction to Some Alternative Methods for Providing Scientific Information for Management

Verena M. Trenkel, Sarah B. M. Kraak, Jake Rice, Marie-Joëlle Rochet and Anthony D.M. Smith

Part 4: The Practice of Fisheries Management

19. North See Herring: Longer Term Perspective on Management Science behind the Boom, Collapse and Recovery of the North Sea Herring Fishery

Mark Dickey-Collas

20. Stakeholder Participation in the Development of Management Strategies: A European Perspective

Martin A. Pastoors

21. Stakeholder Involvement in New England Fisheries: A Case Study

Jackie Odell and Sarah Lindley Smith

22. Defining a Responsible Path Forward for Simulation-based Methods for Sustainable Fisheries

Dorothy J. Dankel

About the Editors

Charles T.T. Edwards is a Fisheries Scientist in the Fisheries Modelling Group at NIWA Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand. He has previously worked as a fisheries consultant in the UK and South Africa, and held academic research positions at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and Imperial College London, UK.

Dorothy J. Dankel is a Researcher at the University of Bergen, Norway, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, and previously at the Institute of Marine Research, Bergen, Norway. She is also a board member of the Nordic Marine Think Tank and served two terms as Chair of the Working Group Marine Systems (WGMARS) in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

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