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Identify all of the relevant issues for the fishery and determine precisely which of these need direct management intervention for the fishery to achieve its objectives

Step overview

Based on the agreed scope of the fishery and the community values to be achieved, the next step is to identify and examine all issues relevant to the fishery to decide where to focus the management system to generate the best community outcomes. To assist with this process, the issues can  be separated into the three EAF component groups:

  1. Ecosystem Wellbeing - All ecological ‘assets’ (e.g. stocks, habitats, ecosystems) relevant to the fishery and the issues/impacts being generated by the fishery that may be affecting them.
  2. Human Wellbeing - The social and/or economic ‘outcomes’ currently being generated by the fishery both the good-those outcomes the community wants to have generated (e.g. food security, economic development), and the bad–those it wants to avoid (e.g. conflicts; injuries).
  3. Ability to Achieve - The management and institutional ‘systems’ in place or proposed to deliver the wanted outcomes (e.g. access and tenure systems, compliance, democratic processes, conflict resolution), along with the external ‘drivers’ (not controlled by the fishery) which may be affecting performance.

Because a large number of assets and issues can be identified, the key part of the whole EAF process is to ensure only the most important ‘issues’ are addressed by direct management intervention. This requires determining their relative priority using some form of risk assessment and/or prioritisation procedure based upon the fishery trying to deliver the hierarchy of community objectives and values, not just the ecological ones. Without effective prioritization of the identified issues, the remainder of the planning process will almost certainly fail.

Key activities

2.1 Asset and Issue identification

2.2 Issue prioritisation and risk assessment

Main outputs

(i) A complete set of EAF-related issues sorted into ecological assets,  social and economic outcomes, governance systems and the threats, drivers and impacts relevant to the fishery.

(ii) the relative level of risk and priority, plus the recommended level of direct management action or other specific activities, needed to deal with each of the issues..

 
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