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Developing Harvest Strategies to Achieve Ecological, Economic and Social Sustainability in Multi-Sector Fisheries

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  • Sean Pascoe

    (CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, 306 Carmody Rd, St Lucia, Brisbane 4067, Australia)

  • Toni Cannard

    (CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Queensland Biosciences Precinct, 306 Carmody Rd, St Lucia, Brisbane 4067, Australia)

  • Natalie A. Dowling

    (CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, Hobart, Tasmania 7000, Australia)

  • Catherine M. Dichmont

    (Cathy Dichmont Consulting (CDC), Bribie Island 4507, Australia
    The College of Science and Engineering, James Cook University, Douglas QLD 4814, Queensland, Australia)

  • Sian Breen

    (Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Australia)

  • Tom Roberts

    (Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Australia)

  • Rachel J. Pears

    (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, PO Box 1379, Townsville, Queensland 4810, Australia)

  • George M. Leigh

    (Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Australia)

Abstract

Ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM) provides a framework to achieve ecological, economic and social sustainability in fisheries. However, developing harvest strategies to achieve these multiple objectives is complex. This is even more so in multi-sector multi-species fisheries. In our study, we develop such harvest strategies for the multi-species Coral Reef Fin Fish Fishery (CRFFF) operating in the waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The fishery includes recreational, charter and commercial sectors, and is a provider of regional employment and supplier of seafood to both local and export markets. We convened a series of stakeholder workshops and conducted surveys to identify stakeholder objectives and priorities, as well as potential harvest strategy frameworks for the fishery. These potential harvest strategies were assessed against the objectives using a further qualitative impact survey. The analysis identified which frameworks were preferred by different stakeholder groups and why, taking into account the different objective priorities and tradeoffs in outcomes. The new feature of the work was to qualitatively determine which harvest strategies are perceived to best address triple bottom line objectives. The approach is therefore potentially applicable in other complex fisheries developing harvest strategies which, by design, strive to achieve ecological, economic and social sustainability.

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  • Sean Pascoe & Toni Cannard & Natalie A. Dowling & Catherine M. Dichmont & Sian Breen & Tom Roberts & Rachel J. Pears & George M. Leigh, 2019. "Developing Harvest Strategies to Achieve Ecological, Economic and Social Sustainability in Multi-Sector Fisheries," Sustainability, MDPI, vol. 11(3), pages 1-21, January.
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