Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management in Marine Capture Fisheries - case studies

Posted on 27 February 2007    
Implementation of Ecosystem-Based Management in Marine Capture Fisheries
This publication presents a short catalogue of good news stories describing how key actors are pursuing more sustainable solutions. These case studies illustrate the steps in an approach to managing human maritime activities known as ecosystem-based management (EBM). EBM has been used in terrestrial resource management for about 15 years, but its application to marine resource management only began more recently. WWF was the first global conservation organisation to proffer an EBM framework for marine fisheries, thus creating a testing ground for precautionary, conservation-oriented EBM for all relevant maritime sectors. The case studies presented here further indicate that EBM for the oceans is no longer a hypothetical concept. It can be, and has been, implemented and is making significant gains.

The Case Studies
Step 1 Yellow Sea Marine Ecoregion
Step 2 Eastern African Marine Ecoregion
Step 3 Baltic Sea Marine Ecoregion
Step 4 Fiji Islands Marine Ecoregion
Step 5 North West Atlantic Marine Ecoregion – Grand Banks, Canada
Step 6 Benguela Current Marine Ecoregion
Step 7 Heard & McDonald Islands/Prince Edward Islands/Kerguelen and Crozet Islands initiatives
Step 8 South West Atlantic/Patagonian Shelf Marine Ecoregion – San Matías Gulf, Argentina
Step 9 Gulf of California Marine Ecoregion – Mexico
Step 10 Bismarck Solomon Seas Marine Ecoregion – Bird’s Head Peninsula Seascape, Indonesia
Step 11 Southern Ocean – Antarctic Krill
Step 12 Western African Marine Ecoregion & New Zealand Marine Ecoregion

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