Fishing affects marine ecosystems beyond effects on just the target species. Populations of non-target species, and species diversity, have declined, contrary to the Rio Convention on Biological Diversity. The 1997 intermediate ministerial meeting determined that an ecosystem approach to management be developed, enabling marine ecosystems to be utilised in a manner consistent with sustainable development and the conservation of biological diversity.
This project aims to develop a management protocol which, when added to the present ICES fisheries management advice process, would allow managers to predict the consequences of management policy on species diversity. A theoretical model underpinning the management protocol will be developed, taking account of the actual ecological impact on fishing activity. The data required to use and test the ecological model, and apply the model within the management protocol will be collected.
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