Project: Advance the “Ecosystem-Based Approach to Resource Management” from Theory to Application. An Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service partnership activity under the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee.
Project:Advance the “Ecosystem-Based Approach to Resource Management” from Theory to Application
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
National Marine Fisheries Service
partnership activity under
the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Agency ContactsforProjectBonnie Brown, MAFAC/VCUDieter Busch, ASMFC/IEIand Garry Mayer, NMFS/HC
Sources of information
The backgrounds and some of the drawings have been copied from presentations prepared by L. Garrison and J. Link (NMFS) and BC Aboriginal Fisheries Commission and UBC.
General Project Objective:Develop draft technical guidance to assist marine resource management agencies in moving towards the use of an ecosystem-based approach in addressing their responsibilities
Fishing Down the Food web
Protect important ecosystem services,
ID & maintain desired range in ecosystem state,
Protect certain species,
Optimize total fish yield of the system,
Optimize yield of particular species, while
Providing for long-term economic viability.
Our role is to lay out the options and tradeoffs…….
by the Interagency Ecosystem Management Task Force (1995)
The ecosystem based approach is a method for sustaining or restoring natural systems and their functions and values.
It isgoal driven, and it is based on a collaboratively developed vision of desired future conditions that integrates ecological, economic, and social factors.
It is applied within a geographic framework defined primarily by ecological boundaries
Need to address “Goal Driven” at all levels including the Ecosystem, Fish Communities, and Populations---------------------------------------------------And move towards understanding of “healthy state” and/or shared vision of the desired condition(within historic limitations)
Pillars of E-bFM
1. Goal Setting (Desired Vision for resources in a specific region)
2. Assess current Ecosystem Status(Use same Metrics as for description of goals)
3. Process to Achieve and Maintaine Goals (Management Tools)
Workshop to assemble information on past and present from all sources
Evaluation of Different Ecosystem States
Size, age, geographic distribution
Identify metrics forstatus and trends of environmental perturbations that could be monitored by/for:
Ecosystem or Watershed planning approach for:
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