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Record number 422847
Title Reconsidering the Consequences of Selective Fisheries
Author(s) Garcia, S.M.; Kolding, J.; Rice, J.; Rijnsdorp, A.D.
Source Science 335 (2012)6072. - ISSN 0036-8075 - p. 1045 - 1047.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.1214594
Department(s) Aquaculture and Fisheries
IMARES Visserij
WIAS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) managing fisheries - by-catch - management - ecosystem - fish - conservation - community - evolution - atlantic - capture
Abstract Concern about the impact of fishing on ecosystems and fisheries production is increasing (1, 2). Strategies to reduce these impacts while addressing the growing need for food security (3) include increasing selectivity (1, 2): capturing species, sexes, and sizes in proportions that differ from their occurrence in the ecosystem. Increasing evidence suggests that more selective fishing neither maximizes production nor minimizes impacts (4–7). Balanced harvesting would more effectively mitigate adverse ecological effects of fishing while supporting sustainable fisheries. This strategy, which challenges present management paradigms, distributes a moderate mortality from fishing across the widest possible range of species, stocks, and sizes in an ecosystem, in proportion to their natural productivity (8), so that the relative size and species composition is maintained
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