Header
Home | Sitemap | Set as homepage | Add to favorites
  Search the Site     » Advanced Search
Sections
Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930



The Ten Commandments

Feb 19,2007 SACN


An Article in Underwater Times points to the need to take a new approach to managing our fisheries, and gives Ten Commandments for doing so.

  • Keep a perspective that is holistic, precautionary and adaptive

  • Maintain an "old growth" structure in fish populations, since big, old, fat, female fish have been shown to be the best spawners, but are also susceptible to overfishing.

  • Characterize and maintain the natural spatial structure of fish stocks, so that management boundaries match natural boundaries in the sea.

  • Monitor and maintain seafloor habitats to make sure fish have food and shelter.

  • Maintain resilient ecosystems which are able to withstand occasional shocks.

 

  • Identify and maintain critical food-web connections, including predators and forage species.

  • Adapt to ecosystem changes through time, both short-term and on longer cycles of decades or centuries, including global climate change.

  • Account for evolutionary changes caused by fishing, which tends to remove large, older fish.

  • Include the actions of humans and their social and economic systems in all ecological equations.

The full article can be read at: UnderwaterTimes.com 



2054 views

Related news

» Fisheries 2027 - How Our Fisheries Will be Managed In Future
by SACN posted on Feb 01,2007
» UK Global FishPrint Too High
by SACN posted on Jan 31,2007
» Thames in Trouble
by SACN posted on Jul 17,2008
» The Precautionary Principle
by Malcolm-Gilbert posted on Aug 03,2006
» The BOFFF Hypothesis
by SACN posted on Sep 14,2007

comment Comments (0 posted) 

More Top News
News
Conservation and Political News
Opinion
Most Popular
Most Commented