NCEAS Project 12381

Limited-information fisheries management

  • Christopher Costello

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group8th—10th June 2009Participant List  

Effective and efficient fisheries management is often limited by available information and the high cost of collecting detailed fisheries data. Information gaps and management challenges often exist, for example, with regard to assessing stock size and dynamics, the spatial distribution of harvest given particular policies, and monitoring and enforcement of bycatch standards. This workshop, organized by the Sustainable Fisheries Group at UCSB, seeks to develop analytical innovations to deal with these challenges, with the goals of improving fishery value, compliance, accountability, and sustainability and minimizing management costs. Workshop participants will aim to identify theoretical and analytical advances in fishery management, including limited-information fisheries, with particular emphasis on: 1) spatial management approaches, 2) incentive-based management, 3) stock assessment and management under uncertainty, and 4) multi-species management. Participants will discuss the conditions under which these theoretical innovations could be practically useful in fisheries management, the benefits from applying them, and opportunities for further advances. The workshop organizers will work with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a leading conservation organization, to ensure that the results from this workshop are shared widely and utilized to improve on-the-ground fisheries reform.

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Costello, Christopher; Rassweiler, Andrew; Siegel, David A.; De Leo, Giulio; Micheli, Fiorenza; Rosenberg, Andrew A. 2010. Marine Reserves Special Feature: The value of spatial information in MPA network design. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol: 107(43). Pages 18294-18299. (Online version)