Title Workshop on Climate, Uncertainty, and Multilateral Management of Harvested Highly-Migratory Marine Fish Stocks
Type Research Project
URL Workshop
Abstract The nature of marine fisheries is changing rapidly as a result of globalization, growing demand for fisheries products and technical progress. A better understanding of the dynamics of fisheries targeting highly migratory marine fish stocks is needed to provide useful guidance for effective international management efforts. This will require the development of more integrated, cross-disciplinary theoretical approaches and empirical analyses. This project seeks to foster a coordinated international and interdisciplinary research effort focused on improved understanding of the effects of climate-related uncertainties on the development of fisheries and fishery management regimes for tuna and other highly migratory marine fish stocks. The goal of the project is to promote development of the needed cross-disciplinary methods and focus the power of that approach on understanding the role of uncertainty in fisheries governance, and the potential value of new scientific information. Specifically, the project will plan and hold a Workshop on Climate, Uncertainty, and Multilateral Management of Harvested Highly-Migratory Marine Fish Stocks. The work will contribute to broader multidisciplinary efforts to develop the scientific basis for sustainable multilateral management of highly migratory marine species. For example, this effort will contribute to the international science program organized as the GLOBEC - CLIOTOP project. In particular, it will foster the development of a program of collaborative work focused on: 1) the role and significance of risk and uncertainty in the evolution and management of fisheries targeting highly migratory oceanic top predator species such as tuna and billfish; 2) the drivers of human impacts on these species and 3) the potential value of improved scientific information regarding the effects of climatic variability and harvesting activities on the productivity and spatial distribution of these stocks.
Participants Kathleen Miller
Gail Osherenko (University of California-Santa Barbara)
Robert McKelvey (University of Montana)
Peter Jacques (University of Central Florida)
Start Date 2005
Funders NSF
Keywords international fisheries management, uncertainty, institutions, climate variability
Research Themes Climate-Ecosystem-Human Interactions
Use of Scientific Information in Decision Processes


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