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Record number 495885
Title Surveillance indicators and their use in implementation of the marine strategy framework directive
Author(s) Shephard, Samuel; Greenstreet, S.P.R.; Piet, G.J.; Rindorf, Anna; Dickey-Collas, Mark
Source ICES Journal of Marine Science 72 (2015)8. - ISSN 1054-3139 - p. 2269 - 2277.
Department(s) IMARES Vis
IMARES Onderzoeksformatie
IMARES Visserij
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Assessment and reporting - Good Environmental Status - indicator-based management frameworks - Management response - Operational indicators - Policy reaction.

The European Union Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) uses indicators to track ecosystem state in relation to Good Environmental Status (GES). These indicators were initially expected to be "operational", i.e. To have well-understood relationships between state and specified anthropogenic pressure(s), and to have defined targets. Recent discussion on MSFD implementation has highlighted an additional class of "surveillance" indicators. Surveillance indicators monitor key aspects of the ecosystem for which there is: first, insufficient evidence to define targets and support formal state assessment; and/or second, where links to anthropogenic pressures are either weak or not sufficiently well understood to underpin specific management advice. Surveillance indicators are not only expected to directly track state in relation to GES, but also to provide complementary information (including warning signals) that presents a broader and more holistic picture of state, and inform and support science, policy, and management. In this study,we (i) present a framework for including surveillance indicators into the Activity-Pressure-State- Response process, (ii) consider a range of possible indicators that could perform this surveillance role, and (iii) suggest criteria for assessing the performance of candidate surveillance indicators, which might guide selection of the most effective indicators to perform this function.

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