Ecosystem-based fisheries management: Progress in the NE Atlantic

Chris Frid, Odette Paramor, Catherine Scott

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Fisheries management in the NE Atlantic has recently adopted a precautionary approach to setting catch limits. This has been accompanied by the development of more complex and multi-species modelling tools for predicting stock size and structure. The scientific community are now being asked to provide an 'ecosystem-based approach' to fisheries management. In this paper, we consider the science needs of this shift to a consideration of more complex systems to include both ecological and socio-economic components. At present, this involves use of the precautionary approach and multi-species management regimes, but will need to include multi-annual quota assessment, 'stake-holder' involvement and marine protected areas. How will these approaches sit together and how will science support them? As an example, we will consider what management of the North Sea demersal fishery may involve in 20 years time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-469
Number of pages9
JournalMarine Policy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • By-catch
  • EIA
  • Effort control
  • Genetic effects
  • ICES
  • MPAs
  • Sensitive habitats

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aquatic Science
  • General Environmental Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Law


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