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A simple cost-effective and scale-less empirical approach to harvest strategies

Prince, J.D., Dowling, N.A., Davies, C.R., Campbell, R.A. and Kolody, D.S. (2011) A simple cost-effective and scale-less empirical approach to harvest strategies. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68 (5). pp. 947-960.

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An empirical harvest strategy for an Australian longline fishery was developed and tested using harvest strategy evaluation. The approach is based on catch rate and size composition indices and iteratively drives the population towards a target level of spawning potential ratio. The simulation model assumed traditional age-structured population dynamics. The results demonstrate that the empirical approach represents a promising feedback strategy that becomes more precautionary as data errors and recruitment variance increase. Given the urgent need for formal harvest strategies to replace ad hoc decision-making in data-poor fisheries, the approach offers considerable promise. Independent implementation at local scales across the range of a species is speculated to result in management that is robust to uncertainty about stock structure.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: © 2011 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.
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