Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsfor a world without hunger
Fisheries and Aquaculture Department
Step 2 – Identification of assets, issues and their priority
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:
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.
(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..